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Ankara Bar Association calls on bar associations to take action for election security  

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The Ankara Bar Association has called on all other bar associations across Turkey to take action to contribute to the security of the presidential and general elections to be held on June 24.

Turkey will hold snap elections on June 24, a year and a half earlier than originally scheduled.

Deputy President of the Ankara Bar Association Erinç Sağkan said in a statement on Sunday that the bar association has launched a project for the provision of one lawyer to every school in Turkey where ballot boxes are installed on election day so that the elections can be held in a secure and fair environment and free of any controversy.

Sağkan said the Ankara Bar Association is calling on all other bar associations in the country to contribute to their project.

A referendum held in April 2017 during which a constitutional reform package changing Turkey’s system of governance from a parliamentary to a presidential system was marred by allegations of fraud.

A decision by Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) to change ballot validity criteria and accept unstamped ballots as valid on the day of the referendum was claimed by opposition parties to be evidence of fraud.

After 11 days of debate, the YSK announced the official results the referendum, saying that 51.41 percent of the electorate voted in favor, while 48.59 percent voted against.

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