Over 2.5 million votes could have been manipulated in Turkey referendum says observer

An Austrian member of parliament and the Council of Europe observer mission, Alev Korun, told ORF radio on Tuesday that over 2.5 million votes in Sunday’s Turkish referendum could have been manipulated, reported Reuters.

The OSCE on Monday had already released a report saying a “lack of equal opportunities, one-sided media coverage and limitations on fundamental freedoms” had created an “unlevel playing field” in Turkey’s referendum.

Korun added that there may have also been tampering during and after the voting.

“There is a suspicion that up to 2.5 million votes could have been manipulated,” she said; a claim supported by opposition parties.

“This is about the fact that actually the law only allows official voting envelopes. The highest election authority decided however — as it were, against the law — that envelopes without official stamp should be admitted.”

The member of the Council of Europe observer mission, Europe’s leading human rights body, also said two of her colleagues had been prevented from entering polling stations in Kurdish majority Diyarbakir.

“These complaints are to be taken very seriously and they are, in any case, of such an extent that they would turn around the outcome of the vote,” Korun added.