Monday, April 17, 2017

EU Observer in Turkey Condemns Referendum as 'Neither Fair Nor Free'

THE INDEPENDENT: European delegation 'deeply worried' as opposition calls for result to be annulled

Fears the Yes vote in Turkey's referendum which granted far-reaching new powers to Turkey's President may have been unfairly influenced in his favour have been heightened by criticism from an EU observer sent as an impartial witness.

Opposition parties are saying the result should be annulled after alleging electoral fraud in Sunday’s referendum, in which 51% of the electorate voted for constitutional changes that include the abolition of the office of Prime Minister, and could allow Recep Tayyip Erdogan to stay as President until 2029.

The EU sent a delegation of 20 impartial observers to ensure the referendum complied with European standards. Read on and comment » | Niamh McIntyre | Monday, April 17, 2017