ANKARA, TURKEY (APRIL 16, 2017) (REUTERS) – The deputy chairman of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said on Sunday (April 16) illegal acts were being carried out in favour of the government, in the country’s referendum on expanding the powers of the presidency.
Erdal Aksunger made the accusation during a news conference in the capital Ankara after vote counting began.
A statement on the High Electoral Board’s (YSK) website hours before polls closed said it would count ballots that had not been stamped by its officials as valid, unless they could be proved fraudulent, citing a high number of complaints that YSK officials at polling stations had failed to stamp them.
In the south-eastern area of Diyarbakir, election officials and their police escorts waited outside the city’s electoral board office under the watch of armed soldiers.
With 95 percent of votes counted, the “Yes” campaign lead had narrow from an early wide margin to 51.7 percent of ballots cast.