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Turkey: Opposition CHP calls to scrap referendum results amid fraud allegations03:40

Turkey: Opposition CHP calls to scrap referendum results amid fraud allegations

Turkey, Ankara
April 17, 2017 at 15:38 GMT -00:00 · Published

Person in video (Turkish): "He is putting a stamp on..."

People in video (Turkish): "Chief, I am filming you now. You are putting stamps on the ballots, which came out of the ballot box without stamps, and you are turning them into valid ones. What you are doing is illegal, and there should be a legal liability for this wrongdoing." *JUMP CUT AT SOURCE*

Turkey's opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), called on the country's electoral board to reject the results of Sunday's referendum over allegations of electoral fraud, at a press conference, in Ankara, Monday.

Deputy Chairman of Turkey's Republican People's Party Bulent Tezcan stated that there had been voting fraud due to the reported abrupt changes in voting procedures, which were announced by the High Electoral Board on the day of the referendum. During the press conference, Tezcan argued that the Supreme Election Council "has accepted the unstamped ballots as valid ones, which is clearly against the law."

At the press conference, Tezcan also demonstrated a video allegedly capturing "the invalid ballots are being turned into valid ones by the chief electoral officer after the ballot boxes are opened." According to Tezcan, "This is real footage, not staged. We have started the legal process. We will see how this video will affect the referendum results, which we have been through."

Among Turkey's major parties, the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) has also been claiming that electoral fraud took place. The allegations come a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed a narrow victory in the referendum, with 51.36 percent voting 'Yes' and 48.64 percent of voters choosing 'No.' The 'Yes' result means that the new draft constitution, approved by the Turkish parliament in January, will introduce a package of 18 constitutional amendments, paving the way for a presidential system of government.

Turkey's main opposition parties, CHP and HDP were opposed to the reforms, arguing that they would significantly increase Erdogan's power. The president could potentially remain in his role until 2029.

Turkey: Opposition CHP calls to scrap referendum results amid fraud allegations03:40
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Person in video (Turkish): "He is putting a stamp on..."

People in video (Turkish): "Chief, I am filming you now. You are putting stamps on the ballots, which came out of the ballot box without stamps, and you are turning them into valid ones. What you are doing is illegal, and there should be a legal liability for this wrongdoing." *JUMP CUT AT SOURCE*

Turkey's opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), called on the country's electoral board to reject the results of Sunday's referendum over allegations of electoral fraud, at a press conference, in Ankara, Monday.

Deputy Chairman of Turkey's Republican People's Party Bulent Tezcan stated that there had been voting fraud due to the reported abrupt changes in voting procedures, which were announced by the High Electoral Board on the day of the referendum. During the press conference, Tezcan argued that the Supreme Election Council "has accepted the unstamped ballots as valid ones, which is clearly against the law."

At the press conference, Tezcan also demonstrated a video allegedly capturing "the invalid ballots are being turned into valid ones by the chief electoral officer after the ballot boxes are opened." According to Tezcan, "This is real footage, not staged. We have started the legal process. We will see how this video will affect the referendum results, which we have been through."

Among Turkey's major parties, the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) has also been claiming that electoral fraud took place. The allegations come a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed a narrow victory in the referendum, with 51.36 percent voting 'Yes' and 48.64 percent of voters choosing 'No.' The 'Yes' result means that the new draft constitution, approved by the Turkish parliament in January, will introduce a package of 18 constitutional amendments, paving the way for a presidential system of government.

Turkey's main opposition parties, CHP and HDP were opposed to the reforms, arguing that they would significantly increase Erdogan's power. The president could potentially remain in his role until 2029.

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