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US State Dept says it will refrain commenting over elections until OSCE findings

International observers in to hold press conference on Monday


4.09: EST:

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.

2.45pm EST

Turkish PM is making his speech, thanking for the results. Says ‘unofficial results show ‘yes’ has won.

2.16pm EST:

CHP Leader Kilicdaroglu arrived the headquarters of CHP, he is expected to speak soon, CNNTurk reports.

2.00pm EST:

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.

1.49pm EST:

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

1.34 EST:

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%

1.27pm EST:

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”

1.24pm EST
Opened Ballot boxes: 97.9%

Yes: 51.3% No: 48.7%

1.10pm EST:


Yes: 49% No: 51%

12.59pm EST
Opened Ballot boxes: 97.1%

Yes: 51.4% No: 48.6%

12.48pm EST
Opened Ballot boxes: 96.4%

Yes: 51.5% No: 48.5%

12.38pm EST
Opened Ballot boxes: 95.5%

Yes: 51.6% No: 48.4%

12.25pm EST
Opened Ballot boxes: 93.5%

Yes: 51.8% No: 48.2%

12.19pm EST
Opened Ballot boxes: 92.2%

Yes: 52.1% No: 47.9%

12.09pm EST
Opened Ballot boxes: 89.2%

Yes: 52.5% No: 47.5%

12.02pm EST
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

11.57am EST
Opened Ballot boxes: 84.3%

Yes: 53.2% No: 46.8%

11.51am EST
Opened Ballot boxes: 82.2%

Yes: 53.5% No: 46.5%

11.47am EST
Opened Ballot boxes: 79.5%

Yes: 53.8% No: 46.2%

11.32am EST
Opened Ballot boxes: 75.4%

Yes: 54.1% No: 45.9%

11.32am EST
Opened Ballot boxes: 70.1%

Yes: 54.8% No: 45.2%

11.32am EST
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%

11.26am EST
Opened Ballot boxes: 61.4%

Yes: %56 No: 44%

11.23am EST
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%

11.00am EST: 

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

10.50am EST:

%27.6 of boxes opened

Yes: %62.9 No: 37.4%

10.45am EST: 

First results from Turkey’s East:
Yes: 63.2 % No: 36.8%
25% of boxes are opened


US State Dept says it will refrain commenting over elections until OSCE findings

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/

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