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OSCE: Turkish Supreme Election Board was not transparent enough about the referendum results

After the new constitution referendum, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) stated that the Turkish Supreme Election Board (YSK) was not transparent enough about the referendum results. Thus, OSCE proposed to recount the votes. The Heilbronner Stimme newspaper reported that OSCE’s director of the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Michael Georg Link expressed regret over the statement by the Turkish government that they would not consider the OSCE report.  Link stated that the political situation in Turkey could worsen if president Erdogan refuses to corporate. These reports are not only evaluated by the OSCE but also by the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations, therefore, recounting of votes will increase confidence in the electoral process said Link

In the OSCE report, it was stated that the decision taken by YSK regarding the validity of unsealed envelopes was contrary to law and this decision decreased confidence in the electoral process.

Mustafa Öz

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