Turkey's electoral board rejects referendum appeals - statement

Supporters of the "no" vote protest in Istanbul, against the referendum outcome, Monday, April 17, 2017.

Turkey's Supreme Electoral Council declared late Sunday that the "yes" camp in the constitutional reform referendum had won amid an outcry from the opposition that the voting was rigged.

A narrow 51 percent of Turks approved a referendum on Sunday that granted Erdogan broad new powers, according to unofficial results, changing Turkey from a parliamentary democracy to an executive presidency, most consequently giving the president power to appoint judges and prosecutors. Turkey's main opposition party u.

The demonstrations began in smaller numbers after Sunday's vote with clattering pots and pans, but have since drawn thousands of participants expressing outrage at alleged voting irregularities.

She vowed that her party will "not recognise" the referendum result, arguing that the referendum process was fraudulent and the results were manipulated. But the worldwide electoral monitor said that while the referendum's technical processes were well administered, there were key issues related to media coverage and the circumstances under which the vote occurred, such as Turkey's ongoing state of emergency enacted after a failed coup d'etat attempt a year ago.

"There is a suspicion that up to 2.5 million votes could have been manipulated", Alev Korun, an Austrian member of parliament, said.

"The nation's will emerged freely from the ballot box". Everyone and all sections - and the main opposition party in particular- must show respect.

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Mr Evans said three-quarters of TV and press coverage of the campaign had been given to Erdogan's Yes campaign, while ruled were changed to allow unstamped ballot papers to be counted.

The new system outlined under the constitutional changes will take full effect at the next election, slated for November 2019.

On Tuesday, Yildirim said Erdogan would be invited to join the party as soon as the official results are declared.

We are a constitutional republic, insulated from the tyranny of the majority by electing our political leaders and by constitutional limits on the power these elected officials can wield.

"This referendum will forever remain controversial", Sancar told reporters on Wednesday.

"I am a mortal really, I could die at any time", Erdogan said during the interview.

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