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OSCE says Turkish referendum "fell short of full adherence"
17:44, 17 April 2017
OSCE says Turkish referendum "fell short of full adherence"

Ballots that did not bear official stamps raised many questions

17:44, 17 April 2017

Associated Press

International observers, who were monitoring the Turkish referendum campaign and vote on expanding presidential powers, claimed that the used procedures "fell short" of international standards. This was reported by Associated Press.

OSCE member Tana de Zuleta announced on Monday that the decision of Turkish electoral board "to allow as valid ballots that did not bear official stamps undermined important safeguards against fraud".

Monitoring group described a number of violations at the referendum, including "skewed pre-vote campaign in favor of the "yes" vote, intimidation of the "no" campaign and the fact that the referendum question was not listed on the ballot".

She also noted that the procedures "fell short of full adherence" to the standards Turkey has signed up for.

It is noteworthy that the head of Turkish electoral board announced that the results of the referendum, which greatly expands the power of current president Erdogan, are valid. As government Anadolu agency informs, the turnout at the constitutional referendum on April 16 in Turkey amounted to 85.46%.

The results were accepted by Turkish residents both negatively and positively. Protests after the event also took place. Republican party demanded recount and stated that will appeal against 37% of ballots.

It was earlier reported that Turkish head of state intended to immediately discuss the return of the death penalty to the constitution. Such step would mean the curtailment of the negotiations on Turkey's membership in the European Union, which the country has been conducting since the beginning of 2000s.

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