Turkey makes public official referendum results

Turkey's electoral board made public the official results of September 12th referendum.

Turkey makes public official referendum results

 

Turkey's electoral board made public on Thursday the official results of September 12th referendum.

The Higher Electoral Board (YSK) said 38.3 million of 52.1 million voters joined the referendum on constitutional amendments.

According to the board, the rate of participation is 73.71 percent. 37.6 million votes were valid, 725,062 of them were invalid.

Around 21.7 million people voted in favor of constitutional amendments, whereas 15.8 million voted against it.

Thus, 57.88 of the votes were "yes" and 42.12 percent were "no".

The constitutional amendments include measures favouring children, the elderly, the disabled, widows and orphans of martyrs and veterans also measures for the prevention of child abuse and the protect of the child against all forms violence.

The reform package amends arrangements regarding the right to travel abroad which it says may be restricted only during ongoing criminal probes and upon a judge's order.

The amendment would allow membership in more than one labour union it would allow individuals to file complaints and requests for information to a government-appointed ombudsman.

The changes would end the practice of expelling members of parliament whose actions were cited by a court as grounds to ban a political party.

Soldiers discharged by a Supreme Military Council decision would have the right to appeal against such decisions.

Military personnel who allegedly commit crimes against state security and the constitutional order would be tried in in civilian courts instead of military courts. Civilians would not be tried in military courts.

The amendments also include change in structure of Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, as well as the Constitutional Court, country's top judiciary body.

The package abolishes the provisional article 15 of the constitution which does not allow trial of the members of the National Security Council formed after the military coup in 1980, the ban on right to general strike; and paves the way for a citizen to become a member of more than one labor union, and civil servants and other public officials the right to collective bargaining.

It also paves the way for trial of parliament speaker, chief of general staff, and senior commanders by the High Tribunal on charges of crimes they commit regarding their positions.

 

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