Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Board, which oversees elections, has decreed that ballot papers and envelopes without official stamp will be deemed valid in the country’s constitutional referendum.
Voting on the 18-article constitutional change ended at 17:00 local time across the country.
According to Turkey’s voting laws, every polling station must have the exact number of officially stamped ballot papers and envelopes as registered voters at that particular station.
Controversial: Election Council decides to count envelopes without a seal (that makes it official) unless proven to have been brought in pic.twitter.com/DBiZb4Onwi
— Seref Isler (@seref_i) April 16, 2017
The decision comes after reports of dozens of violations and claims of fraud. Hundreds of votes without official stamps have been cast according to opposition media.
Critics have called the votes without official stamps “illegal” and launched the hashtag
#mühürsüzoypusulasıgeçerlisayılamaz (#voteswithoutofficialstamparenotvalid) on social media.
Blasting the decision, well known writer and journalist Ece Temelkuran, tweeted: ‘Who are you trying to fool!’
Çocuk mu kandırıyorsunuz! #mühürsüzoypusulasıgeçerlisayılamaz
— Ece Temelkuran (@ETemelkuran) April 16, 2017