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You can't cast a shadow on the will of the people

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The nation gave its verdict on Sunday and approved a constitutional change that will usher Turkey into a presidential system of administration. The referendum was fair and square.

Turkey is famed for its highly democratic elections and balloting. Over the years, Turkey has had to go through numerous elections and referendums, the turnout has always been very high compared to other Western democracies, proving the maturity and enthusiasm of Turkish voters. Balloting has been free and open and the election processes have been extremely just. Sunday's referendum was no exception. The turnout was high, the balloting was free of incidents, people went to the polling stations without hindrance, police and security measures were practically invisible, so much so that no one realized Turkey was under emergency rule because of last July's bloody attempted coup. The counting process was free and fair, performed under the watchful eyes of the representatives of all the political parties. There was no room for fraud or irregularities; just the typical Turkish polling.

Yet we were highly disappointed when those who wanted the rejection of the constitutional changes started acting like bad losers. Then European observers started talking about irregularities. Later we realized that the rejection front in close cooperation with the rejectionist main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Kurdish extremist nationalist Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) had ganged up with so-called election observers from Europe to defame the referendum results.

The fact that European politicians were unanimous in rejecting the new Turkish governmental system and did everything openly to sabotage it even during the campaign period should have been an eye opener for the Turkish authorities when foreign observers were let into the country several weeks ago. Yet no........

© Daily Sabah