2.5 Million Votes Might be Manipulated but police is already after protesters #TurkeyReferendum

Alev Korun from the Council of Europe Delegation of Observers has said “The YSK has made a decision to count unsealed ballots valid in contravention of the law”.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the Turkey’s Supreme Election Board’s (YSK) refusal to annul the April 16 referendum was the final decision on the matter.
‘Yes’ campaign secured narrow win in referendum to amend Turkey’s constitution, but what will this mean for the region?
Time has come to start a fundamental discussion on EU-Turkey relations following the April 16 referendum on constitutional amendments shifting the country’s governance system to an executive presidency, EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn has said.

Turkey Arrests Dozens Over Referendum Protests

The police said the demonstrators were trying to “agitate people” against an expansion of presidential powers, a lawyer for one of the detainees said
Unscrupulous leaders can manipulate the political environment, making it more likely that they will win future contests and gain false legitimacy.
The distribution of “yes” and “no” votes in provinces is demonstrated on a map through transition of colors prepared by Feryal Salman from the Human Rights Joint Platform.

Crushing the ‘saboteurs’ in Turkey and the UK | Letters

There are indeed striking similarities between the political situations in Turkey and the UK (Editorial, 19 April). In both countries massive constitutional changes have been approved by wafer-thin majorities in referendums, following dubious and dishonest electoral tactics by supporters of the winning sides. In the aftermath, the changes have been portrayed as the “democratic will of the people” and an overwhelming mandate for rejecting the EU in its entirety, with those questioning these changes in any way labelled as traitors and saboteurs. And now Theresa May is seeking the type of autocratic power and silencing of all opposition to her plans (not just for a hard Brexit but divisive schemes such as new grammar schools and increased privatisation of the NHS as well) that mirror the ambitions of Turkey’s President Erdoğan.
Lee Bridges
Ilmington, Warwickshire

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.