土耳其为公投存在作弊现象的指称提出辩护 Turkey Defends Against Referendum Fraud Allegations

土耳其总理星期二反击欧洲选举观察员有关星期天就扩大总统权力问题举行的有争议的全民公决中有200多万张选票受到操纵的指称。

土耳其总理比纳利·耶伊尔德勒姆回应欧洲理事会观察团的批评说,就公投结果的争吵“到此为止”,“人民的意愿通过投票箱得到了体现”。

他的表态是回应欧洲理事会提出的对所称的投票违规进行调查的呼声。一些欧洲观察员表示,这些违规现象导致多达250万张未经验证的选票被记入选举结果。

另外,欧洲观察员指称,反对埃尔多安推动扩权的活动人士面临重重阻碍,其中包括缺少言论自由、面临恐吓和难以接触媒体。欧安组织还称埃尔多安在星期天的投票前滥用行政资源。

Turkey's prime minister hit back Tuesday at European monitors who said more than 2 million votes could have been manipulated in Sunday's closely contested referendum on expanding presidential powers.

Binali Yildirim, responding to criticism from the Council of Europe's observer mission, said debate over the outcome of the referendum was "over," and that "the people's will had been reflected at the ballot box."

He spoke in response to calls from the council to investigate alleged vote irregularities that several official observers said allowed as many as 2.5 million uncertified ballots to be counted.

Separately, European monitors alleged that those who campaigned against Erdogan's push for expanded powers faced numerous obstacles, including a lack of freedom of expression, intimidation and access to the media. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe also alleged misuse of administrative resources by Erdogan ahead of Sunday's vote.