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Turkey electoral board rejects request to annul referendum

Published:Thursday | April 20, 2017 | 4:00 AM

ISTANBUL (AP):

Turkey's electoral board yesterday rejected petitions by opposition parties to annul the outcome of a recent referendum on expanding presidential powers because of voting irregularities.

The High Electoral Board announced in a written statement its decision to reject three requests by the opposition following a 10-1 vote.

Mehmet Hadimi Yakupoglu, the main opposition Republican People's Party's representative at the board, said they would take the decision to the constitutional court and then to the European Court of Human Rights, if necessary.

Before the electoral board's announcement, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the opposition had the right to file objections, but warned that calling for street protests was unacceptable.

Opposition parties have complained of a series of irregularities, particularly an electoral board decision to accept ballots without official stamps, as required by Turkish law. The board, however, published past rulings on the validity of unstamped ballots.

Earlier, Yildirim said that "the path to seek rights" should be limited to the courts.