Opposition HDP calls on election board to cancel Turkey referendum

HDP Sanliurfa lawmaker and spokesperson Osman Baydemir.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party has called on Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) to cancel the referendum held on Sunday due to the last minute validation of unstamped ballots, reported Hurriyet Daily News.

The left-wing party’s Sanliurfa lawmaker and spokesperson Osman Baydemir said on Tuesday at a parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday that the YSK had refused to accept unstamped votes as valid in 2014 in the Guroymak district of the eastern province of Bitlis, thus paving way for the elections to be renewed.

“I’m making an open call from here. If you don’t adopt the same ‘invalidity’ decision that you made in 2014 for nearly 2.5 million votes [in the referendum], then you are not a referee, but a party.”

“In the March 28 elections, the DBP was elected as the first party to win the elections. The elections were canceled by the YSK upon the AKP’s objections due to unstamped votes and envelopes. Another election was carried out on June 1. Despite that fact, the DBP won again,” he also said.

Baydemir added that the struggle for “no” was not over.

“There is no victory. There is a major voluntary resistance of those who defended the ‘no’ vote against fascism despite all the oppression. Despite the blackmail and oppression, 24 million citizens united in voting ‘no.’ In 17 cities, such as Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Eskisehir, Adana, Diyarbakir and Van, no agreement was reached regarding the proposed constitution. This constitution is not legitimate and doesn’t respond to society’s needs,” he added.

Baydemir also commented on the southeastern votes, saying that “Kurdish people protected their freedoms, democracy and language at the risk of death.”

“Amid conditions of a coup and a state of emergency and despite the fact that their cities were burnt and destroyed, hundreds of people were left homeless, trustees were appointed to their municipalities, Ağrı, Diyarbakır, Hakkari, Mardin, Muş, Siirt, Tunceli, Van, Batman, Şırnak and Iğdır voted ‘no’ to oppression and fascism by 62 percent.”

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has also called for the annulment of the referendum.