Elec­toral board turns down re­quests to an­nul ref­er­en­dum

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - WEATHER -

'Turkey’s elec­toral board Wednes- day re­jected pe­ti­tions by op­po­si­tion par­ties to an­nul the out­come of the week­end’s ref­er­en­dum on ex­pand­ing pres­i­den­tial pow­ers be- cause of vot­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties. Protesters in Is­tan­bul called for the res­ig­na­tion of board mem­bers; the main op­po­si­tion party said it would take the de­ci­sion to 'Turkey’s top court The High Elec­toral Board, in a writ­ten state­ment, an­nounced its de­ci­sion by a 10-1 vote to re­ject three re­quests by the op­po­si­tion. Mehmet Hadimi Yaku­poglu, the main op­po­si­tion Repub­li­can Peo­ple’s Party's board rep­re­sen­ta­tive, said they would take the de­ci­sion to the con­sti­tu­tional court, then to the Eu- ro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights if nec- es­sary. “We will de­mand the rights of the vot­ers un­til the end," he said. Op­po­si­tion par­ties have noted a se­ries of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, par­tic­u­larly an elec­toral board de­ci­sion to ac­cept bal­lots with­out of­fi­cial stamps, as re- auired bv 'Turk­ish law.

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