Turkish minister says ECHR has no jurisdiction over referendum

23 April 2017, 02:22 | Noah Barnes

Led by USA -based Fetullah Gulen, FETO is accused of orchestrating the July 2016 coup plot in Turkey as well as being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

Kart added there were also "No" voters among the unstamped ballot envelopes the YSK allowed, describing the situation as "complete lawlessness".

In response, CHP deputy chairman Bulent Tezcan said his party was considering taking its appeal to Turkey's Constitutional Court or the European Court of Human Rights.

Turkey's private NTV reported on April 19 that 10 YSK members voted against annulling the referendum, while one member voted in favor of the call.

Tezcan earlier urged the results not to be finalised until the case was concluded.

According to the news service, protesters against the claimed referendum result took to the streets in 14 cities in Turkey on April 18.

With Turkish police beginning to crack down on those who have called for demonstrations over the result, left-wing website sendika.org said its editor-in-chief Ali Ergin Demirhan was held in a pre-down raid on its offices.

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The authorities insist the referendum was clean and the election board on Wednesday rejected opposition demands for the poll to be annulled.

For his part, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the opposition should now prepare for the next elections in 2019 instead of staging demonstrations and protests, "which would change nothing in the results" of the referendum.

He also once again criticized European election observers, who questioned the referendum procedures, by calling their reports biased and lacking fairness and objectivity.

Following this decision, the CHP said it would not recognize the result of the plebiscite and would "explore every opportunity" to overrun it, mentioning in particular that it could file a complaint to the Turkish Constitutional Court and the ECHR. "Disagreeing with the people's decision suggests not believing in democracy as much as necessary".

Worldwide monitors say the electoral board's decision removed an important safeguard against fraud and was "contrary to Turkish law".

"Even if such an application is made, the Constitutional Court has no choice but to reject it", he said. The CHP and a pro-Kurdish opposition party had pledged to take legal action against what they said were irregularities in Sunday's referendum.

But Erdogan on Thursday mocked the CHP's suggestions that it could go to the two courts with requests to cancel the referendum.



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