Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed a critical report by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on the country’s Sunday referendum.
‘Unlevel playing field’
The OSCE published a report on Monday saying Earlier a “lack of equal opportunities, one-sided media coverage and limitations on fundamental freedoms” had created an “unlevel playing field” in Turkey’s referendum.
Erdogan did not lose time in rebuffing the report and on the same day called it biased and the OSCE’s “own point of view.”
‘Know your place’
“First you should know your place! We will not consider, see, or recognise your political report. We will go our own way,” Erdogan said.
Turkey’s foreign ministry in a statement on Monday also said the report claiming the referendum was behind international standards was “unacceptable and biased.”
According to unofficial results, the Yes campaign, which will herald in a presidential system bolstering Erdogan’s powers won with 51.41 percent, while the No votes stood at 48.59 percent. Voter turnout was 85.46 percent, reported state-run Anadolu news agency.
AA accused of manipulating results
The outlet has been criticised by the No camp of manipulating the results and contributing to fraud.
Turkey’s electoral board has also come under criticism for accepting unsealed ballot papers as valid.
Unsealed ballot papers
The move is illegal according to Turkey’s election law and favours the Yes campaign with up to 2.5 million unsealed votes being accepted in the final count opposition groups have claimed.
The head of the electoral board, Sadi Guven, has said the measure was taken in previous elections as well after election officials forgot to stamp ballot papers making them valid.
Hundreds of videos and photos of alleged instances of election fraud were shared on social media on Sunday.