Erdoğan closes in on referendum victory with 96% of ballots counted Play

Erdoğan closes in on referendum victory with 96% of ballots counted

The constitutional referendum in Turkey appears to have ended in favour of change. With 96% of the ballots counted, the ‘Yes’ votes made up 51.5%, according to the state-run news agency Anadolu. This would mean a replacement of the parliamentary system with an executive presidency. The constitutional changes could also keep President Erdoğan in office until 2029.The opposition criticised the High Electoral Board’s decision to accept unstamped ballots. The Republican Peoples Party also claimed ‘many illegal acts’ were carried out in favour for ‘Yes’. Apr 16, 2017
Turkish opposition questions decision to accept unstamped ballots Play

Turkish opposition questions decision to accept unstamped ballots

Following the Turkish electoral boards decision to accept unstamped ballots as valid votes, the opposition Peoples Republican Party (CHP) has questioned the legitimacy of the referendum. The High Electoral Board (YSK) stated on its website that many YSK officials at polling stations did not stamp polling cards, leading to complaints. Apr 16, 2017
Landmark referendum on sweeping presidential powers underway in Turkey Play

Landmark referendum on sweeping presidential powers underway in Turkey

Polling stations have opened for the controversial constitutional referendum in Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hopes to gain considerably more power through the changes.Critics worry the constitutional changes would grant Erdoğan authoritarian rule until 2029.International elections observers from the OSCE are attending polling stations over worries about possible manipulations of votes. Security at polling stations has also been stepped up after threats made by Isis. Apr 16, 2017