Turkey referendum: EU and US cautious, waiting on OSCE report

The US and European Union officials have said they are waiting on the report by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Turkey’s referendum before making any statements.

Despite President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the AKP government declaring a marginal victory in Sunday’s elections, US, EU and also Russian officials have not congratulated the president and government on the change.

According to a report in Deutsche Welle Turkish, a joint statement by EU officials Jean-Claude Juncker, Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn said, “We have noted the results of the referendum. We are awaiting the evaluations of the OSCE and International Human Rights Bureau Mission. We urge Turkey to make statements on the concerns and suggestions – including state of emergency – by the Council of Europe.”

A spokesperson from the US Secretary of State’s Office responded to a question from Voice of America and said, “Of course we are following the results of the referendum in Turkey. We will refrain from commenting until the OSCE releases its report.”

Opposition parties and groups have rejected the results of the referendum saying the decision by Turkey’s election board to validate unsealed ballots after ballot boxes closed has delegitimised at least 2 million votes.

Hundreds of reports and claims of election violations and fraud have also placed a question mark over election results.

Experts have said the validation of unsealed ballots is an illegal practice according to Turkey’s election law.

The OSCE is expected to make a statement on the issue today.