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Turkey's main opposition began a battle Tuesday to annul a referendum handing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, while the bar association and an international monitor said an illegal move by electoral authorities may have swung the vote.Turkey's bar association said a last-minute decision by the YSK electoral board to allow unstamped ballots in the referendum was clearly against the law, prevented proper records being kept, and may have impacted the results.CHP deputy chairman Bulent Tezcan said the number of missing votes was "unprecedented," although the exact number of unstamped ballots was unknown.An Austrian member of the Council of Europe observer mission said that up to 2.5 million votes could have been manipulated – almost double the margin of Erdogan's victory – and that the YSK decision on unstamped ballots appeared illegal.The European Commission, which unlike U.S. President Donald Trump has declined to congratulate Erdogan on Sunday's vote, called on Turkey to launch a transparent investigation into the alleged irregularities.
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