>> Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition is taking a stand against the outcome of the country's referendum. The HDP filing an appeal to the electoral board on Wednesday. It wants an annulment of the result, which handed President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, claiming there have been widespread violations.>>
> The main breach was the practice of open vote. We have a very strong information and data about the use of open vote with the support of security forces and guidance of local authorities. When we examine the ballot boxes, we see particularly in Kurdish provinces and villages, the number of ballot boxes that contains yes votes is a lot.
This referendum will forever remain controversial.>> The party's chairman pointed to the fact that the campaign was held under emergency rule, while its co-leaders were under arrest and that its candidates for polling station monitors were rejected. But above all the electoral board's last minute decision to allow unstamped ballots prevented proper record keeping.
>> Preliminary results showed 51.4% of voters backed the President, a far narrower margin than Erdogan had been seeking. An Austria Member of the Council of Europe Observer Mission said up to 2.5 million votes could have been manipulated. Almost doubled the margin of Erdogan's victory. But the President told European observers who criticized the results to talk to the hand.