The controversial referendum in Turkey on Sunday, did not meet international standards, reported by a group of election observers who have acted on behalf of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE, and the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, PACE.
– Unequal conditions prevailed during the referendum campaign and the two parties did not have equal opportunities, says Cezar Florin Preda at the OSCE.
With 51.3 percent of the vote, the “Yes” vote campaign has won Turkey’s historic April 16 referendum on a new political system giving enormous centralized power to the president of Turkey. The campaign took place in a climate of unprecedented political repression. The president and government controlled the media, dominated the public sphere, and ensured that critical journalists and leaders of the pro.Kurdish parliamentary opposition were jailed. The main opposition parties are contesting the results of the referendum on the grounds that Turkey’s Higher Election Board issued a controversial ruling on referendum day to accept ballot papers not bearing official stamps.
In his first victory speech to his supporters on Sunday night President Erdogan referred to plans to reintroduce the death penalty, a repeated theme throughout the referendum campaign. Its reintroduction would be another disastrous step away from human rights norms for Turkey, according to humans rights watch.