Turkish opposition party to challenge referendum results at ECtHR

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu confirmed on Tuesday that his party will challenge the results of the country’s April constitutional referendum on an executive presidency at the European Court of Human Rights.

Kilicdaroglu signed a legal petition during a news conference held ahead of the 20th day of his protest march from Ankara to Istanbul.

(…)On Tuesday, Kilicdaroglu said that the April referendum was “illegitimate” because of a decision taken by the Turkish Supreme Election Board (YSK) to accept unsealed voting papers on the night of the vote. “We have prepared our petition. We are applying to the European Court of Human Rights,” Kilicdaroglu said, putting the first signature on the petition.

The party has sharply criticised the conduct of the referendum, particularly the Supreme Election Board’s (YSK) decision.

However, Kilicdaroglu himself faced accusations from his own party that he failed to react strongly enough against the referendum outcome.

Following an unsuccessful appeal to the election board itself, the Council of State, Turkey’s highest administrative court, rejected a CHP petition to annul the YSK’s decision.

Ankara Anatolia News Agency

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