In the face of unlawful decision of Turkey’s Supreme Board of Elections (YSK) and other irregularities recorded during the referendum on Sunday (April 16), Turkey’s opposition party HDP has submitted an objection to the YSK, demanding the referendum results to be annulled.
Speaking after their visit to YSK in Ankara, HDP’s Mardin MP Mithat Sancar pointed out that the process for the proposal of the constitutional changes itself had been handled illegitimately since the start, Sancar underlined that while the ‘no block’ was pressured all throughout, his party HDP has been the party that became the subject of suppression the most.
Sancar said: “The government and its members ran a ‘yes’ campaign by using public funds for their so-called ‘opening ceremonies.’ This is against both the constitution and ethics. The referendum campaigns were held under unequal conditins by all means. And, it is impossible for such thing to result in fair election results.”
Also drawing attention to ‘excessively massive yes votes’ that came out from some of the ballot boxes in certain districts of Kurdish southeastern provinces where HDP had received great number of votes in previous elections, Sancar said this in itself stood as a reason to be suspicious of the results.
Adding ‘it is unacceptable for unstamped ballots to be considered valid’, Sancar said ‘the only way to correct the situation is to annul the referendum results.’
Sancar called on for launching of a new and fair process for constitutional amendments and added, "Unless the referendum is annulled, it will not be possible to settle this dispute. If YSK does not want to further damage Turkey's democracy norms, it must make this decision to annul the referendum. If YSK does not take such decision, this referendum will remain as 'dubious' forever."
A criminal complaint has also been filed against the head of YSK by HDP.