Turkey opposition to challenge referendum in European court

Turkey’s main opposition party says it will challenge last-minute changes to voting rules in the referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers at the European Court of Human Rights.

“The decision we have made is to go to the ECHR,” Republican People’s Party (CHP) spokeswoman Selin Sayek Boke says.

The move comes hours after the party’s legal challenge to the voting rule changes was rejected by the country’s highest administrative court, the Council of State.

The opposition argues an “administrative” decision by the Supreme Election Board (YSK) to accept ballot documents in envelopes without an official stamp paved the way for fraud.

The top court said yesterday it did not have the jurisdiction to rule on the YSK move.


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