Turkish opposition challenges presidential powers vote

In a series of tweets, Bozdag slammed the main opposition party on Saturday.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, April 17, 2017. "We will employ all legal ways available", Tezcan said.

Turkey's prime minister says opposition parties have the right to file objections to the outcome of a recent referendum on expanding presidential powers, but warned that calling for street protests was unacceptable.

Turkey's Central Election Committee (CEC) late on April 16 declared that 51.3 percent of votes supported the ratification of 18 constitutional amendments that create a presidential system of government.

The official results are due to be released at the beginning of May.

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"Applications against the High Electoral Board's decisions can not be taken to any court or authority, including the Council of State and the Constitutional Court", he tweeted.

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Asked whether the European Court of Human Rights could issue a ruling on the case, an ECHR official said that anyone could submit an appeal to the court once they have exhausted their options for justice at home, but that it would be hard to say in advance whether the court has jurisdiction.

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

"We are filing an appeal to the council of state today demanding the cancellation of the YSK decision to accept unstamped ballots", CHP Deputy Chairman Bulent Tezcan said.

But the board said in a statement on Wednesday that its members had rejected all of the appeals in a 10-1 vote. Gok called this "a top-down legal massacre", while promising to pursue a legal process to void the "questionable" referendum result.

The worldwide monitors noted that the electoral board's move to validate ballots without the official stamps removed an important safeguard against fraud and was "contrary to the law".

But the tight result of a highly charged campaign laid bare divisions, while European observers and the head of Turkey's bar associations union said a decision to count un-stamped votes broke electoral law.

"The Constitutional Court has no right and authority to review the referendum according to the Constitution and the conventions that Turkey is party to", Bozdag told A Haber, adding that the Turkish constitution "explicitly rules that the decisions of the Supreme Election Board (YSK) are final and no authority can be resorted to against these decisions".

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