Polls close inTurkey and counting begins in a historic referendum. Report by Pascale Davies.
In a simple Yes or No answer- The Turk's have made their choice, and the votes are being counted in this historic referendum, which will decide whether President Erdogan will be granted sweeping new powers. In this province in the mainly Kurdish south east of the country, many fear if Erdogan wins, it could lead to greater authoritarianism. The divided country is rife with political differences- Nearby, three people were shot dead at a polling station. Reportedly during a dispute over how they were voting. About 55 million people were eligible to vote across 167,000 polling stations, with the results expected to be announced late on Sunday evening. Opinion polls suggested a narrow lead for "Yes" in the run-up to the vote. Reuters David Dolan is in Istanbul. (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) DAVID DOLAN, REUTERS CORRESPONDENT "In the days running up to the vote, opinion polls were putting the' yes' camp at a slight margin- 51 percent, 52 percent, and the numbers we're seeing now at 54 percent probably chide with that in the sense, we're starting to see more votes come in from eastern turkey, from south east turkey, which are boosting the 'no' camp. So of course, south east turkey is mainly Kurdish, and there would be a lot of supporters of the 'no' camp in that part of the country, so we're still watching, of course not all the votes are tallied, and there's been no final declaration, but with three quarters in, we're looking at 54 percent voting the 'yes' camp." If predictions are true, the Prime Minister's role would be scrapped and more power would go into the hands of the President, placing all state bureaucracy under his control. That includes vastly enhanced powers to appoint cabinet ministers, issue decrees, choose senior judges and dissolve parliament. Those voting 'yes' believe their country would be more stable amid Turkey's security challenges, following an aborted coup- and avoid the fragile coalition governments of the past.