CHP taking Turkish referendum results to ECtHR for cancellation

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) will apply to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) demanding cancellation of the results of a referendum held in Turkey on April 16 due to irregularities in the voting process, the party’s spokesperson, Selin Sayek Böke, announced on Wednesday.

Böke said the decision was made at the CHP Party Council meeting on Tuesday.

A constitutional reform package introducing an executive presidency in Turkey was approved by 51.4 percent of the electorate in the referendum.

During the voting, some citizens cast their votes in unstamped ballots, while others used envelopes and ballots they brought with them, which prompted some opposition parties and naysayers to raise suspicions about the validity of the votes.

The CHP already applied to the country’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) last week to have the results of the referendum cancelled, but its application was rejected by the board.

On Tuesday, Turkey’s Council of State also rejected a case filed by the CHP demanding cancellation of the referendum results on the grounds that it was outside its jurisdiction. The court made its ruling with a majority of votes. ( April 26, 2017

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