Istanbul: Protests against referendum results
Turkish High Electoral Board head: Referendum results are legitimateThe referendum results are legitimate even though unstamped ballots were counted, stated the head of the Turkish High Electoral Board on Monday. Meanwhile, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said that the November 2019 election will not be moved to an earlier date.
The head of the Turkish High Electoral Board stated on Monday that the board was responsible for the unstamped ballots and thus there was no reason not to count them. He added that the decision to count them, which was received at the last moment, is not unprecedented as the government has approved such a decision in the past.
However, the Turkish opposition claims that the decision casts doubt on the legitimacy of the vote. The head of the country’s High Electoral Board tried to pacify the opposition by stating that the decision was made before the results reached the board. In addition, he said that representatives from the government and the opposition political parties were at almost every polling station and filed reports.
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Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has clarified that he does not intend to move up the expected date of the next election, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek told Reuters. “He said very clearly that the election will be in November 2019,” Simsek stated. “We have work to do.” Simsek added that Turkey’s relationship with the European Union will be based on mutual interests and that some of the issues between Ankara and Europe will be solved after the upcoming elections in several European countries.
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