Banners - Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Recep Tayyip Erdogan - 3 April 2017

n this photograph, taken April three, 2017, banners displaying trendy Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (left) and Turkey’s present President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (proper) adorn a constructing as individuals watch Erdogan’s speech, throughout a rally for the upcoming referendum, in his hometown metropolis of Rize, within the Black Sea area, Turkey. The persona cult that grew round Ataturk has very step by step been fading as present President Erdogan, in energy since 2003 as alternately prime minister and president, has harked again to the glory days of the peak of the Ottoman Empire to whip up patriotic sentiment. (Photo by LEFTERIS PITARAKIS / AP)

ANKARA, Turkey — Days after Turkey’s election authority rejected a request to annul the referendum on boosting the president’s powers, the nation’s major opposition get together stated Friday it might apply to the nation’s highest administrative courtroom.

The opposition get together is contesting the outcomes of Sunday’s referendum because of quite a lot of voting irregularities, specifically an electoral board choice to simply accept ballots with out official stamps, opposite to Turkish legislation.

International screens, together with from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, have additionally famous irregularities within the voting that resulted in a slim win for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “yes” camp.

Bulent Tezcan, a deputy chairman of the Republican People’s Party, or CHP, instructed reporters the get together would search a cancellation of the electoral board’s controversial choice on the unstamped poll papers on the Council of State.

Tezcan stated it might additionally request that the election board not declare official outcomes till the courtroom’s ruling.

Asked to touch upon the CHP’s transfer, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stated the election authority’s choice was last and that makes an attempt to problem it within the courts can be futile.

The additionally urged the opposition to respect the vote’s outcomes.

“We went to the people,” Yildirim stated. “It is not right to correct the decision of the people by complaining to the courts, it is not a democratic way.”

The worldwide screens famous that the electoral board’s choice to validate ballots with out the official stamps eliminated an vital safeguard towards fraud and was “contrary to the law.”

The board, nonetheless, printed previous rulings on the validity of unstamped ballots.

Unofficial outcomes present Erdogan’s “yes” marketing campaign garnered 51.four p.c of the vote.

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