International monitors say Turkey’s referendum tainted, vote count marred

Election observers from the OSCE and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) released a joint statement saying Turkey’s constitutional referendum was not “genuinely democratic,” RFE/RL reports. During the campaign, security operations were being conducted in the predominantly Kurdish Southeast causing people to flee their homes. Also, government resources were used to promote the “yes” campaign and obstruct the “no” campaign. Additionally, in an 11th hour move, elections officials removed a safeguard by allowing ballots that did not have an official stamp to be counted. Turkish opposition leaders, who are contesting the results of the election, say the unstamped ballots created the possibility for widespread voter fraud.


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