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Turkish bar association says electoral board violated law during referendum
A last-minute decision by Turkey’s electoral board to allow unstamped ballots in the April 16 constitutional referendum was “clearly against the law,” preventing proper records being kept and potentially impacting the result, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) has stated.
“With this illegal decision, ballot box councils [officials at polling stations] were misled into believing that the use of unstamped ballots was appropriate,” the TBB said in a statement released late on April 17, adding that the announcement of the Supreme Election Board (YSK) “is clearly against the law.”
“The YSK announcement … led to irregularities and the prevention of records that could uncover irregularities,” it stated.
The YSK decision to accept unstamped ballot papers “unless it can be proved that they were brought from outside the voting room” sparked a major debate on the results of the referendum, in which the “Yes” campaign emerged as the winner with some 51.4 percent of the votes.