— OSCE/ODIHR (@osce_odihr) April 16, 2017
US State Dept Spokesperson sent a statement to Washington Hattı when asked whether they have any comment over the results of the elections results:
We are, of course, following the referendum voting outcome in Turkey. We will refrain from commenting until the results have been confirmed and OSCE/ODIHR has reported on its initial findings.
4.03pm EST: Constitutions are social contracts and social consensus. This change lost its social consensus.
Kılıçdaroplu says Turkish Elections Council made results of election questionable.
4.02: Turkish Opposition Party Kılıçdaroğlu speaking live now. ‘Conditions were unequal and unfair.”
3.40pm: Turkish President Erdogan is speaking, live.
Erdogan ‘don’t waste your time by trying to object to the results. It’s already over.’ Claims elections are done..
Erdogan says Turkey has made “fundamental change” by today’s voting.
Turkey made a historic decision over 200 years of system discussions.
Turkish PM is making his speech, thanking for the results. Says ‘unofficial results show ‘yes’ has won.
CHP Leader Kilicdaroglu arrived the headquarters of CHP, he is expected to speak soon, CNNTurk reports.
Expert Guner on Turkish FoxTV: Turkish Election Council cannot make a law, it can only apply the law. Their ruling of accepting the votes without seals are illegal.
CHP Dep Chairman Aksunger: NO is leading, don’t worry.
1.43pm EST: HDP MP Sırrı Süreyya Önder: Election Council stopped sending results to parties after 60%. There is a big difference btw AA results and what we got in our hands
CHP: Turkish High Election Council accepted 1.5 million without seals. We are going to challenge about 2.5 million vote.
CHP and HDP are challenging the results. Nationalist opposition figure Meral Aksener claims NO: 52% YES:48%
Opposition Party CHP challenges the results:
CHP deputy Bulent Tezcan to CNN: “Ballot boxes opened are at 97 percent not the ballots counted. According to our calculations only 53 percent have been counted and No vote is ahead”
Opened Ballot boxes: 97.9%
Yes: 51.3% No: 48.7%
Yes: 49% No: 51%
Opened Ballot boxes: 97.1%
Yes: 51.4% No: 48.6%
Opened Ballot boxes: 96.4%
Yes: 51.5% No: 48.5%
Opened Ballot boxes: 95.5%
Yes: 51.6% No: 48.4%
Opened Ballot boxes: 93.5%
Yes: 51.8% No: 48.2%
Opened Ballot boxes: 92.2%
Yes: 52.1% No: 47.9%
Opened Ballot boxes: 89.2%
Yes: 52.5% No: 47.5%
Opened Ballot boxes: 86.2%
Yes: 52.8% No: 47.2%
11.59am EST: Now “NO” pulls ahead in all 3 big cities Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir
Opened Ballot boxes: 84.3%
Yes: 53.2% No: 46.8%
Opened Ballot boxes: 82.2%
Yes: 53.5% No: 46.5%
Opened Ballot boxes: 79.5%
Yes: 53.8% No: 46.2%
Opened Ballot boxes: 75.4%
Yes: 54.1% No: 45.9%
Opened Ballot boxes: 70.1%
Yes: 54.8% No: 45.2%
Opened Ballot boxes: 67.1%
Yes: %55 No: 45%
Opened Ballot boxes: 51.4%
Yes: %51.6 No: 48.4%
Yes: %33.4 No: 66.6%
Opened Ballot boxes: 61.4%
Yes: %56 No: 44%
Opened Ballot boxes: 57.5%
Yes: %56.5 No: 43.5%
11.10 am EST:
Opened Ballot boxes: 42.2%
Yes: %59 No: 41%
11.05 am EST:
According to CNNTurk
Opened Ballot boxes: 40.2%
Yes: %59.4 No: 40.6%
Opened Ballot boxes: 34.2%
Yes: %60.8 No: 39.2%
it’s predicted that participation rate at voting process stand at 83.9% reports CNNTurk
%27.6 of boxes opened
Yes: %62.9 No: 37.4%
First results from Turkey’s East:
Yes: 63.2 % No: 36.8%
25% of boxes are opened
10.30am EST: Turkey’s electoral council has a controversial last minute decision: ballots without official stamps valid unless challenged
10.03am EST, 5. 03pm local: Ballot boxes are closed all across Turkey. 5 pm local Turkey time.
9.41 am EST: CNNTurk predicts, voting percentage could be as high as %90
9.31 am EST: Eastern part of Turkey, ballot boxes are closed. In about 30 minutes, 10am EST, 17pm Turkey time, ballot boxes will be closed as well.
Ballot boxes in these cities already closed down: Adıyaman, Ağrı, Artvin, Bingöl, Bitlis, Diyarbakır, Elazığ, Erzincan, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Giresun, Gümüşhane, Hakkari, Kars, Malatya, Kahramanmaraş, Mardin, Muş, Ordu, Rize, Siirt, Sivas, Trabzon, Tunceli, Şanlıurfa, Van, Bayburt, Batman, Şırnak, Ardahan, Iğdır ve Kilis.
8.46 am EST: Both former president Abdullah Gul and former prime minister Davutoglu voted but refused to say which way they did.
For more how former AKP heavyweights refused to campaign for Erdogan and “yes” vote: http://washingtonhatti.com/2017/04/15/uncertainty-cast-in-referendum-campaign-by-founders-of-akp/
for more of live blog from earlier: http://washingtonhatti.com/2017/04/16/turkey-is-voting-live-blog/