Voters report referendum frauds to soL, with ‘I am there’ button

​Voters from all around Turkey send reports on election irregularities during the presidential referendum today, using ‘I am there button’ in soL
Sunday, 16 April 2017 16:05

Voters who encounter the widespread election frauds by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) can send information and photos to soL with the help of ‘I am there button’. 

Turks began voting Sunday in Turkey's tightly-contested referendum on expanding the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, seen as a crossroads in the modern history of the country.

soL International will update the reports on election fraud claims here.


After the polls closed, the police tried to prevent the citizens and observers to follow the counting. In many polling places, the police didn’t let the citizens in.


In Kadıköy, a polling official from AKP casted ‘Yes’ vote with at least six voting papers.


In Bodrum’s Yalıkavak town, where ‘No’ campaign has been strong, 150 voting papers were declared void, while the officials in a polling station allegedly let two policemen to cast vote in more than one ballot.  


A man casted ‘Yes’ vote in his own car in Nevşehir and the polling officials didn’t prevent this unlawful voting.


The police allegedly didn’t let the observers from the People’s Democratic Party and threatened the voters with weapons.


A citizen unlawfully used multiple vote and shared the photo of two voting papers with ‘Yes’ seal in social media.


In a polling station in Ankara, officials from the governorship distributed food packets to AKP observers.


In Üsküdar, a man didn’t want to give his phone and voted openly without going to the cabin. Then he unlawfully took the photo of his voting paper.


In İstanbul Esenyurt, a car with a ‘Yes’ banner and playing songs of the Yes campaign entered in a polling station during the voting process. 


In Ağrı’s Eleskirt Toprakkale village, the officials allegedly forced the citizens to vote openly.


In İstanbul’s Fatih district, AKP supporters harassed the observers, asking them “Why do you wait here?”


A man in Kahramanmaraş took his son to the polling place and shared his photo with ‘yes’ vote in social media. According to election rules, every person has to enter the election cabin alone while voting.


In Mersin, the police tried to force the voluntary observers out of a polling station.  


In a polling station in Ankara, Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) members complained against AKP supporters who used collar cards with AKP sign. AKP supporters filed charges against TKP members, alleging they used violence.


In İstanbul’s Eyüp district, polling officials from AKP unlawfully let an undocumented police officer to vote. Citizens wrote a minute against this unlawful voting.


AKP’s propaganda bus was seen near a polling station in Selimiye, İstanbul and the police didn’t act. 


In many polling stations, citizens report that some people with orange and blue pens ask voters where they will cast their votes despite warnings by the police and citizens. According to the claims, these orange and blue pens represent the ruling AKP.

Many citizens complain that AKP supporters in some polling stations have “welcome teams” and they opened free canteens in some schools without police interference. 


In İstanbul’s Kağıthane district, ‘Yes’ sign in front of a polling station and ‘Yes’ stickers all around the building drew attention.  


A banner about the ’15 July coup attempt’ remained at a school in Ataşehir, despite the election silence rules.


In İstanbul’s Fatih district, observers from AKP allegedly forced the presiding officers to sign papers before the voting started, claiming there were some acts against ‘Yes’ vote.



There is a claim from the Çanakkale 18 Mart University, that a ballot paper randomly selected from the ballot box was annihilated after an observer voted in the wrong place.


In İstanbul's Üsküdar district, photos of the coup attempt on July 15 drew reaction from some citizens, stating these photos aim to get support for ‘Yes’ vote


Despite the election silence that bans the political campaigning during the election process, there are many banners supporting ‘Yes’ vote. In İstanbul’s Güneşli district, there is a banner for ‘Yes’ vote on the wall of a school that is used as a polling station.