Turkey election board rejects petitions to annul referendum

Hundreds of Turkish citizens also lined up outside election board offices in Ankara and Istanbul on Tuesday, to submit petitions requesting the board to reverse its declaration following the referendum results. Turkey's main opposition party urged the country's electoral board Monday to cancel the results of a landmark referendum that granted sweeping new po.

Turkey's top election authority rejected an opposition bid to annul the referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers on Wednesday, after widespread doubts and complaints of vote-rigging, state media reported.

Ten out of 11 board members voted against the appeals, the YSK said in a statement.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) had Tuesday requested the poll be scrapped due to alleged violations.

He said the electoral board's last-minute decision to allow unstamped ballots had prevented proper record-keeping, meaning that it was now impossible to determine how many invalid or fake votes may have been counted.

He said that "the path to seek rights" should be limited to the courts.

"HDP, CHP and Vatan Party appeals regarding the April 16 referendum were discussed separately and as a result of evaluations, the appeals were rejected with 10 votes against and 1 vote in favour", the electoral board said.

British parliament backs PM Theresa May's plan for June 8 snap election
But Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election little more than a month later on June 8 put that in doubt. The victory "shows the power of a clear pro-European message in seats that voted Remain", Sylvester said.

A prosecutor will now consider whether to press charges against Guven.

The unofficial results show the Yes campaign won with 51.41 percent, while No votes stood at 48.59 percent.

Global election monitors, including the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, have expressed concern over the way the vote was carried out. "We will follow closely how Turkey behaves on this".

"The German government takes the report by the OSCE and the Council of Europe very seriously, and we expect Turkey to do so", government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told reporters in Berlin.

The German government has also questioned the vote after the European Union called for a probe into the result.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu responded to the report earlier on Wednesday, saying it has "no reliability as their observations lack objectivity and are extremely partial".

Speaking at a news conference, Cavusoglu said U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will finalize the date according to the two presidents' schedules.

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