The opponents in Turkey says ” we they would challenge the vote count”




The opponents in Turkey, said on Sunday, they would challenge the vote count which gave a narrow 51.3 percent lead to Erdogan’s supporters.

The ‘Yes’ campaign has won 51.20 percent of the votes during Sunday’s referendum, while the ‘No’ campaign mustered 48.80 percent, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency reported in a count based on 99.99 percent of the ballots.

The opposition People’s Republican Party (CHP) said it would demand a recount of up to 60 percent of the votes, protesting against a last-minute decision by the electoral board to accept unstamped ballots as valid votes

The result could still change as ballot boxes in the western part of the country are being counted following the closing of polls at 1400 GMT.

In Turkey’s three biggest cities – Istanbul, Izmir and the capital Ankara – the “No” camp appeared set to prevail narrowly, according to Turkish television stations.

A “Yes” vote would replace Turkey’s parliamentary democracy with an all-powerful presidency and may see Erdogan in office until at least 2029.

Tens of thousands of people, including military personnel, judges and teachers, have been suspended, dismissed or detained as part of the post-coup crackdown in Turkey.

source: agencies