Turkey's election board says unstamped ballots are valid
Turkey's election board says unstamped ballots are valid
20 Abril, 2017, 07:05
Turkey's main secularist opposition CHP said it will present its appeal for the annulment of Sunday's referendum.
"The main opposition party not recognising the results is not an acceptable thing", Mr Yildirim said.
In contrast to the tone of the US State Department, President Donald Trump congratulated his Turkish counterpart on Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent constitutional referendum victory in a phone call on Monday and discussed the US strikes against a Syrian airfield believed to have been involved in a chemical weapons attack on April 4.
But Binali Yildirim warned that calling for street protests was unacceptable.
Kilicdaroglu fired back, saying that protesting was a civic right.
A defiant Erdogan, whose narrow victory exposed the nation's deep divisions, has said Sunday's vote ended all debate on the more powerful presidency he has long sought, and Turkey would ignore criticism of the referendum from European observers. Some 51.4 percent of voters cast their ballots in favor of the amendments to the Turkish Constitution. Those included the fact that numerous HDP leaders are still detained over alleged links to the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK). Other changes are to be implemented sooner, including scrapping a requirement that the president not be a member of any political party.
"This referendum will forever remain controversial", HDP deputy chairman Mithat Sancar told reporters. "You can not build a change in the political system on such a controversial and unfair referendum". If not stamped, they are to be considered invalid.
Opposition parties have complained of a series of irregularities, particularly an electoral board decision to accept ballots without official stamps, as required by Turkish law.
"The OSCE's report has no reliability as their observations lack objectivity and are extremely partial", Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara. "The German government takes the report by the OSCE and the Council of Europe very seriously, and we expect Turkey to do so", government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told reporters in Berlin.
"We will follow closely how Turkey behaves on this. From the German government's point of view, Turkey must. clear up the questions that have been raised".
Turkish media reported the YSK made the decision to accept unstamped ballots within about an hour after the AK Party filed a petition on election day.
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