Arif Kahraman, the deputy governor of Bitlis’s Adilcevaz distrist is reported to have threatened village headmen to vote Yes in the upcoming presidential referendum and said they would be dismissed otherwise.

According to Kanal D TV channel, Kahraman told village heads that no municipal service will be provided to the regions where No votes overweigh Yes votes on April 16 referendum.

The head of Esenköy village, Hüdeyda Koçak quoted Kahraman as saying: “I may seize your seals, too,” in an apparent hint at possible dismissals.

The referendum, scheduled to take place on April 16, is set to introduce a shift from parliamentary power to the executive presidency and to give more power to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.