Electoral board turns down requests to annul referendum
'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.