Turkey opposition calls for vote to be cancelled

CHP leader claims board 'does not draw strength from superiority of law, but from a certain political authority'

Turkey opposition calls for vote to be cancelled

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy chairman Bulent Tezcan on Tuesday has submitted a petition demanding the cancelation of Sunday's referendum to Turkey’s Supreme Board of Election.

Speaking to the journalists, Tezcan said the April 16 constitutional referendum should be canceled.

 "The thing to be done is to cancel this referendum which lost its legitimacy," he said. "We want the cancelation of the referendum. The only thing that can provide legitimacy to the referendum is to cancel it."

Earlier, the CHP leader had argued that Turkey’s Supreme Board of Election had not done its duty during Sunday’s constitutional referendum.

Speaking in the party's parliamentary group meeting in Ankara on Tuesday, Kemal Kilicdaroglu slammed the order of the election board, also known as YSK, to consider unsealed ballots as valid during the referendum.

Kilicdaroglu accused the board of breaking the country’s laws during the referendum. He claimed the election board “does not draw its strength from superiority of law, or the constitution but from a certain center, political authority.

"The power was drawn from a certain political authority, not a [legitimate] power, which is a betrayal to democracy."

Later, Kilicdaroglu wrote on his Twitter account: "We are not recognizing this referendum, and we will not. It should respect the people's will, and the referendum should be held again."

"Considering the unsealed ballots as valid is a clear evidence of 'No' result of the ballot," he added.

Disputed ballots 'legitimate'

The disputed ballots in Turkey’s referendum are “legitimate”, said the head of YSK.

On Monday, head of the election body, Said Guven, defended the decision to allow votes that did not bear official seals to be counted alongside checked ballots.

Guven had said the “ballot papers and envelopes that were claimed to be void and disputed since the evening are YSK-made, real, legitimate, non-fake ballots.”

Kilicdaroglu said the referendum result was not only a success for his party, the CHP, but everyone who defended democracy.

"This is historic, an epic of democracy. We have made this history together," he said.

Turkish voters went to the polls on Sunday to decide whether to approve changes to the country’s constitution that would usher in an executive presidency.

According to unofficial results, the Yes campaign won with 51.41 percent, while the No votes stood at 48.59 percent. Voter turnout was 85.46 percent.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Nisan 2017, 19:07