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Postal vote fraud and irregularities in Austrian presidential election force result to be overturned

Post by Tommy Monk on Fri Jul 01, 2016 4:23 pm



Austria's highest court has annulled the result of the presidential election narrowly lost by the candidate of the far-right Freedom Party.

The party had challenged the result, saying that postal votes had been illegally and improperly handled.

The Freedom Party candidate, Norbert Hofer, lost the election to the former leader of the Greens, Alexander Van der Bellen, by just 30,863 votes or less than one percentage point.

The election will now be re-run.


What were the complaints?

In two weeks of hearings, lawyers for the Freedom Party argued that postal ballots were illegally handled in 94 out of 117 districts.

It alleged that thousands of votes were opened earlier than permitted under election rules and some were counted by people unauthorised to do so.

The party also claimed to have evidence that some under-16s and foreigners had been allowed to vote.

In its ruling, the court said election rules had been broken in a way that could have influenced the result.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36681475

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Post by eddie on Fri Jul 01, 2016 4:42 pm

Hmmmm they might try that one over here

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Re: Postal vote fraud and irregularities in Austrian presidential election force result to be overturned

Post by Tommy Monk on Fri Jul 01, 2016 4:44 pm

I'm sure there has been vote rigging and postal vote fraud going on... but to try to fix the result to be remain...



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