Constitutional referendum in Turkey

In addition to Gezza’s Al Jazeera info on the referendum in Turkey:

Turks decide whether to back president’s plan for constitutional changes that are arguably the republic’s biggest since 1923

Erdoğan says the Yes vote is clear

The state-run Anadolu agency is reporting that President Erdoğan has called allied political leaders to congratulate them over the yes win, with the words: “May this result be fortunate for our nation.”

Reuters are reporting that Erdoğan told the prime minister and the leader of nationalist party that the results were “clear”, according to presidential sources.

Sources in Erdogan’s office said he told Prime Minister Binali Yildirim he was grateful to the nation for showing its will at the polls.

State-run Anadolu agency is reporting that 51.31% of Turks have voted Yes, with 98.2% of the ballot boxes opened.

But:

Turkish main opposition to demand recount of up to 60% of votes

The CHP, Turkey’s main opposition party, have announced they will be contesting the validity of 60% of the ballots, after unconfirmed reports of large numbers of votes without official stamps.

More:

Flag referendum results…

…are now out: NO FLAG CHANGE

  • Union jack flag 1,200,003 – 56.6%
  • Silver fern flag 915,008 – 43.2%

Total votes 2,119,953

Results here.

No surprise. And not far off my prediction.

Lesson – politicians and political parties should keep out of peoples choices and let us decide what we want. Too much interference from Key, from Labour, from Greens and from Winston Peters.

And a big black mark for the media who especially in the earlier stages trivialised and opinionised far too much.

New Zealand has voted to retain our current flag. I encourage all NZers to use it, embrace it and, more importantly, be proud of it.

To be honest, yeah we are keeping it as our flag but it has never done anything for me, so I find it hard to be proud of a flag with someone else’s flag on it.

Posted earlier:

…will be out this evening (8 pm or 8:30 pm according to two different sources) and I’ll post them here as soon as they are available.

John Key has said he is hopeful change will be chosen, based on feedback from people he has had, most National MPs say they are voting for change, and through internal polling.

But Key’s internal pollster David Farrar has flagged the chance of change in  Why the flag vote was for the status quo.

Read from those two what you want to.

The number of votes returned is over 2 million with more to come in. That’s a very good indication of interest in the referendum.

We’ll find out soon, but most seem to expect an easy win for ‘no change’.