ANKARA, Turkey (Kurdistan24) Some 55 million people began casting their votes in more than 167 thousand ballot boxes across Turkey on Sunday in a referendum whether to give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan executive powers.
The opposition pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has been leading a "no" campaign to a package of constitutional changes that, if approved in the referendum, will change Turkey’s parliamentary system of governance to a presidential one.
Imprisoned HDP Co-chairs Selahattin Demirtas, Figen Yuksekdag, and 11 lawmakers and 83 mayors from Kurdish regions cast their votes in prisons across Turkey.
Disclaimer: All data is provided by Turkey’s state-funded Anadolu news agency.
Turkey: 99.98% ballots opened, 51.21% yes, 48,79% no
President Erdogan congratulates his allies, heads of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the far-right MHP on the "referendum victory," reports Anadolu.
Pro-Kurdish HDP Spokesperson Osman Baydemir to hold a press conference at 21:00 local time in Ankara.
Bingol: 100% ballots opened, 72.67% yes, 27.33% no
The Erdogan-allied leader of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli calls the referendum result 'a very important victory.'
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he wishes the best for the country, refraining from claiming victory - CNN Turk
HDP claims there has been a "manipulation of up to 3 to 4 percent" of votes across Turkey in a statement on Twitter.
"Whether the result is yes or no, we will object to data from a third of ballot boxes," the pro-Kurdish party announces.
Deputy leader of the main opposition People's Republican Party (CHP) Bulent Tezcan accuses the state-funded Anadolu Agency of 'manipulating' referendum results.
Sanliurfa: 99.97% ballots opened, 70.83% yes, 29.17% no
The Kurdish-Alevi Dersim, where 93 percent of ballots have been counted, is the province with most “no” votes in Turkey with 80%.
Izmir: 94.49% ballots opened, 31.41% yes, 68.59% no
[People follow referendum results at the main opposition People's Republican Party (CHP) headquarters in the Turkish capital of Ankara. Photo: AA]
Ankara: 95.44% ballots opened, 49.44% yes, 50.56% no
Among Turkey's three biggest cities, a clear result is visible only in Izmir where 88,07% ballots have been counted with the "no" campaign leading at 68 percent.
In the most populous city Istanbul and the capital Ankara, there is a neck-and-neck contest between the "yes" and "no" sides.
Istanbul: 98,54% ballots opened, 48.98% yes, 51.02% no
The “yes” campaign is leading in the provinces of Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Bitlis, Erzurum, Mus, Adiyaman, Malatya, Elazig, Erzincan, and Kahramanmaras where Kurds make the majority or a sizeable minority.
Bitlis: 100% ballots opened, 59.38% yes, 40.62% no
Van: 99.53% ballots opened, 43% yes, 57% no
Siirt: 100% ballots opened, 47.94% yes, 52.06% no
The majority of Turkish nationals living in China, Australia, USA, United Kingdom, Russia, Oman, UAE, Finland, Sweden, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Greece, and Bulgaria have voted no whereas those in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Romania, and France voted yes.
Results from Iraq, the Kurdistan Region, and other countries where Turks could vote will follow.
Turkey: 80.89% ballots opened, 53.63% yes, 46.37% no
Mardin: 98.27% ballots opened, 41.38% yes, 58.62% no
Sirnak: 88.32% ballots opened, 30.20% yes, 69.80% no
Dersim: 78.85% ballots opened, 20.43% yes, 79.57% no
With over 50 percent of ballot boxes counted across Turkey, the “no” campaign leads in the Kurdish provinces of Diyarbakir, Batman, Mardin, Siirt, Hakkari, Sirnak, Van, Dersim, Agri, Kars, Igdir, and Ardahan according to the state-funded Anadolu news agency.
The “yes” campaign has garnered 56.8 percent of all votes in Turkey.
In the major Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, initial results show the "no" votes leading with 65.6 percent as 63 percent of ballot boxes have been counted.
Despite a ban on revealing referendum results before 21:00 local time, of some seven million votes, 63.8 percent says "yes" with only 36.2 percent saying "no," according to the pro-government Yenisafak newspaper.
Polls closed across Turkey. Preliminary results to be released soon.
Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says people who got into an armed fight that killed two and wounded one near a polling station in Diyarbakir were relatives.
Polls have closed in 32 provinces in eastern Turkey as counting begins. They remain open in the west until 17:00.
Basak Demirtas, wife of the imprisoned Kurdish HDP Co-chair Selahattin Demirtas casts her vote at a polling station in Diyarbakir.
The leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli who has aligned himself with Erdogan casts his vote in the capital Ankara.
Two people killed, one wounded as fighting erupted between two groups of armed civilians in a school yard where people were voting in a village in the Cermik district of the Kurdish Diyarbakir province.
Updates to follow...