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Turkey's election board says unstamped ballots are valid

President Donald Trump gives a thumb-up as he walks from Marine to Air Force One at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee Tuesday Turkey's election board says unstamped ballots are valid
Eleena Tovar | 21 Abril, 2017, 00:33

Turkey's main secularist opposition party is to present its appeal for the annulment of Sunday's referendum boosting the powers of President Recept Tayyip Erdogan to the High Electoral Board (YSK) today.

Sancar went on to state that the electoral board's last-minute decision to allow unstamped ballots had prevented proper record-keeping to occur, meaning it was now impossible to determine how many invalid or make votes may have been counted.

Mr Yildirim said the "the path to seek rights" should be limited to legal objections and urged the opposition to accept the vote's outcome.

The sweeping constitutional changes approved in the vote create a presidential system that will grant Erdogan more power than any leader since modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and his successor Ismet Inonu.

Turkey's top electoral officials have rejected petitions by opposition parties to throw out the result of a referendum on expanding the president's powers.

The complaints would be reviewed before noon, Sadi Guven said in Ankara, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech Monday, a day after claiming victory in a referendum.

Turkey's main opposition party urged the country's electoral board Monday to cancel the results of a landmark referendum that granted sweeping new

Global monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) warned the move undermined safeguards against fraud.

A government spokesperson said: "We will follow closely how Turkey behaves on this".

He said such caution was needed not only because of the observers' report but also because of the closeness of the result and what he called the "far-reaching" implications of the constitutional amendments.

Celia also denounced election observers' criticism that the country's referendum fell below worldwide standards, saying their remarks lacked objectivity and impartiality.

"For the first time in the history of the Republic, we are changing our ruling system through civil politics".

The White House said Trump and Erdogan during their phone call also discussed the war in Syria, which has complicated ties between the two countries, according to The Associated Press.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said a critical report by European observers on the referendum contained several mistakes, which he believed were deliberate.