Turkey Referendum: Electoral board president says ‘it was necessary’ to accept ‘illegal’ ballot papers

The President of Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Board (YSK), Sadi Guven, has told a journalist that it was necessary to change election rules following Sunday’s constitutional referendum.

A journalist from Fox TV asked the top official of the election board why they had felt the need to accept unstamped ballot papers, to which Guven responded, “There was no need. We just had to.”

The Supreme Electoral Board issued a statement claiming that thousands of legitimate ballot papers had not been stamped and they were therefore changing the election law to accommodate the votes.

The move was criticised by opposition parties as being illegal and delegitimising the referendum.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has said it will object to the ruling, while both the CHP and Peoples’ Democratic Party have said they will object to two thirds of the ballot boxes.

According to state-run media the ‘Yes’ vote has won by 1.3% margin.