Time to contest Turkey's vote results over: Minister

2017-04-22 20:43
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Istanbul - Turkey's ruling party and the main opposition party kept up their fight on Saturday over the results of the referendum on expanding the president's powers.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag slammed the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for continuing to object to the results of the April 16 referendum due to voting irregularities, saying that judicial paths to reverse the ruling are shut.

The CHP fired back, saying he was threatening the judiciary in order to get them to rule against the party's case.

Unofficial results show the "yes" campaign for transforming Turkey's parliamentary government system into a presidential one garnered 51.4% of the vote. Official results by the electoral board are expected within days.

Administrative court

Bozdag said all decisions on electoral issues, including complaints and fraud allegations, are in the possession of Turkey's electoral board.

"Applications against the High Electoral Board's decisions cannot be taken to any court or authority, including the Council of State and the Constitutional Court," he tweeted. Bozdag said these judicial organs would "have no choice but to reject" such applications based on Turkish laws.

"No court can undo/change the decisions of the nation," he tweeted.

The opposition on Friday appealed to the Council of State - the nation's highest administrative court - seeking to overturn the electoral board's controversial decision validating unstamped ballot papers.

Earlier in the week, the electoral board rejected a request to annul the referendum by a 10-1 vote.


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