#Referendum2017 Results are marred by substantive allegations….

Mustafa Yilmaz‏ @MustafaEdib “Tonight’s best picture by @Kilicbil: Erdogan just before he took to stage for a victory speech that sounded more like a concession speech. pic.twitter.com/Suh1riXfLu”

I was very upset with the November 1, 2015 election results when AKP had a landslide victory. However, that’s what voters chose and in the last analysis I am fine with that. It is part of the democratic system we have to live with that. As long as there are legitimate elections, we can always work for our own side and we can have the possibility to change. In the elections I have voted since 2001, I have one major suspicion: the last Ankara municipality elections. I still believe it was probably rigged.

I am not much upset with last night’s results. I strongly believe “No” votes actually won. Despite all odds, despite all state efforts, Naysayers won in 7 of the Turkey’s 8 biggest cities [and they still lost, this is also a mathematical curiosity]. Higher Election Council made an illegal move, accepting more than 1 million votes that lack official stamps. It seems that this council which is supposed to be autonomous was under great pressure. Their explanation is funny, they are lost. Yes, officially Yes won with a slim percentage. But as OSCE monitors states this has a very substantive legitimacy problem. The whole vote counting system seems to be not trustable. I will accept whatever the result is as long as I am offered a valid explanation, as long as rules are trusted, as long as rules of the game are not changed during the game itself. As a citizen, I am helpless, I offer my personal protest, this is what I can do.

Turkey’s referendum campaign was conducted on an “unlevel playing field” and the vote count itself was marred by late procedural changes, international observers said April 17
“No” votes are leading in the referendum in nine out of 10 provinces to whose municipalities which were originally governed by DBP a trustee was appointed.

Turkey’s referendum in numbers

After all the votes are counted, the controversial result is in. Here’s the number.

Result leaves polarised Turkey more divided

The Yes vote in Turkey’s referendum came at a cost of defeat for President Erdogan in three cities.

Rise to power

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: The man who has dominated Turkish politics since 2002.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has concluded in a meeting after the results of the April 16 charter referendum were revealed that a “federalism” debate with its ally opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) had cost a 2 percent loss to the “yes” vote, according to sources
The incredibly close vote leaves a nation bitterly divided, with little chance of a smooth transition

99.97% of Ballots Opened

According to Anadolu Agency’s figures, ratio of the “Yes” votes is 51.18%, “No” votes is 48.82% in the constitutional amendment referendum.
Upon the state-run Anadolu Agency announcing the nonofficial results of the referendum, residents in various districts of İstanbul have protested the results by banging pots and pans.
Western leaders have reacted cautiously after the “Yes” campaign emerged as the winner of Turkey’s April 16 referendum on shifting to an executive presidential system


The head of the Eurasia Opinion Research Center (AKAM), Kemal Özkiraz, has announced that he will close his survey company following its failure to accurately predict the April 16 constitutional referendum results
My country has voted for greater authoritarianism. What we saw yesterday was the revenge of those on the periphery of Turkish society
The National Security Council (MGK) will convene late on April 17 amid speculation that it will extend a state of emergency by another three months following a referendum that narrowly accorded the president vast new powers
The head of the election body backs the result amid opposition moves to challenge it.
The referendum result means Turkey’s president could stay in office until 2029.
Turkey’s most important referendum that resulted in a shift to an executive presidency produced a major controversy with both “yes” and “no” camps claiming victory because the results were so close and the latter announcing that it would issue complaints about the irregularities during the voting and counting processes.

Erdoğan gets backing to strengthen his autocratic grip on Turkey

The Turkish president has been handed the chance to declare himself as the only fit protector of a besieged state and its vulnerable people

Over two decades of public life, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had hinted that his vision for Turkey was at odds with the course the country was on. Sunday’s vote appears to have brought both into alignment.

This statue has been built by Harran Municipality, Şanlıurfa, Turkey.


Mehtap Yoruk used to teach in a nursery school in south-east Turkey, until she was sacked last year in a purge of tens of thousands of state employees. Now, she ekes out a living selling chicken and rice from a food cart, dreaming of being reunited with her classroom.
in a referendum on April 16, the Turks will vote on the introduction of a new presidential system that would see President Erdoğan’s powers substantially increased. Opponents and supporters of the constitutional reform are neck and neck in the polls. Commentators complain about unequal conditions for the two camps in the campaign and argue that in the end Erdoğan only stands to lose

Will Turkey slide into dictatorship?

This weekend’s referendum will be a crucial moment for Turkey. Watch novelist Elif Shafak on how her country stopped laughing – and why Sunday’s vote matters for all of us.

As the clock ticks down to Turkey’s landmark referendum Sunday (16 April) on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s powers, it’s impossible to miss the posters for the government-backed ‘Yes’ campaign in Ankara and cities across the country.

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