According to Turkish news agency Anadolu on Wednsday, Turkey’s top electoral board overwhelmingly rejected objections to the way the country’s referendum was run. In Sunday’s referendum a narrow majority of voters backed the 18-article constitutional reform package, which will transform the country’s parliamentary system into a powerful executive presidency. However, the main opposition Republican People’s Party, along with individuals and civil society groups, have challenged the result, citing concerns over unstamped ballots as just one of the reasons for the referendum to be annulled. Bulent Tezcan, deputy chairman of the opposition party, told reporters Monday that the party would appeal to the European Court of Human Rights if the electoral body didn’t void Sunday’s referendum result. Demonstrators have taken to the streets, including in Istanbul, to protest the referendum’s outcome.
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