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HDP applies to YSK for cancellation of April 16  referendum results

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Following the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has also applied to Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK), demanding the cancellation of the results of a referendum held on April 16 due to irregularities in the voting process.

A constitutional reform package that will introduce an executive presidency in Turkey received 51.4 percent of the vote in favor in the referendum, but some opposition parties have contested the results due to the use of unstamped ballots.

HDP group deputy chairperson Ahmet Yıldırım and HDP deputies Mithat Sancar, İmam Taşçıer, Ertuğrul Kürkçü, Müslüm Doğan and Bedia Özgökçe Ertan submitted a petition to the YSK on Wednesday demanding the cancellation of the referendum results.

Speaking to reporters, Sancar, who is also a jurist, said by accepting the unstamped ballots as valid, the YSK made the determination of the violations in the referendum impossible.

“The election is flawed, and there is no possibility of correcting it. It is no longer possible to determine how many of the ballots cast came from outside and how many of them are fake. When you are unable to determine this, then this election is invalid,” said Sancar.

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