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Opposition lawmaker applies to European court for referendum

Associated Press logo Associated Press 28/04/2017
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, applauds the organisers after delivering a speech at an Atlantic Council event in Istanbul, Friday, April 28, 2017. Erdogan repeated his criticism of the U.S. alliance with Syrian Kurdish militias that Turkey deems "terrorists." Erdogan and US President Donald Trump are scheduled to meet on May 16 in Washington. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) © The Associated Press Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, applauds the organisers after delivering a speech at an Atlantic Council event in Istanbul, Friday, April 28, 2017. Erdogan repeated his criticism of the U.S. alliance with Syrian Kurdish militias that Turkey deems "terrorists." Erdogan and US President Donald Trump are scheduled to meet on May 16 in Washington. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

ISTANBUL — A lawmaker from the main opposition party in Turkey has submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights to annul the results of April's referendum on expanding presidential powers.

Musa Cam, a member of parliament from the Republican People's Party (CHP), filed an individual application Friday branding the referendum as "illegal and dubious" after his party announced it would seek all legal avenues, including the ECHR.

Cam says the electoral board's decision to count as valid unstamped ballots despite the law affected the outcome.

The electoral board said there was no evidence of fraud and rejected claims that the decision was illegal.

The official results, announced by the board Thursday, show the "yes" camp on constitutional amendments garnered 51.41 percent of the votes.

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