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Liberals want to appeal election results

Liberals want to appeal election results

Published: 24 Sep 2010 08:51 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 Sep 2010 08:51 GMT+02:00

“It’s reasonable that there be an appeal in Gothenburg, in the first hand, of some of the voting districts. It’s important that it be investigated to see that everything is done right,” Liberal Party secretary Erik Ullenhag, told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper on Friday.

He explained that questions remain about several hundred advance ballots in Halland, which borders the Gothenburg voting district.

According to Ullenhag, it’s possible that some of the votes should have been cast in Gothenburg and thus could affect the outcome. The Liberals ended up losing a Riksdag seat assigned to the Gothenburg voting district by a mere nine votes, while only seven votes kept them from gaining a seat from Arvika in Värmland county.

Several dozen votes were disqualified in Arvika for reasons which remain unclear and which could also lead to an appeal.

Meanwhile reports of new ballot handling problems show no sign of letting up.

In Leksand, located in Dalarna in central Sweden--another area where the margin of victory was close--1,000 advance ballots were found forgotten at a petrol station, the Expressen newspaper reports.

And the election results from the Baltic Sea island of Gotland are at risk of being nullified after it was discovered that a building where ballots were being counted was left unsupervised, allowing a man and his daughter to wander into the room among the stacks of ballots in the process of being counted.

“The building should be manned. There’s obviously been a mistake here and I have to take responsibility,” said Morten Spencer, who is in charge of supervising the ballot counting in Gotland, to the local Gotlands Allehanda newspaper.

The prospect of new elections is real, according to Nina Pripp of the Election Review Board (Valprövningsnämden).

“It can’t be ruled out,” she told Expressen.

New elections for seats in the Riksdag would be a first in Swedish political history. The new vote wouldn’t encompass the entire country, however, but be restricted to the voting districts covered in the appeals ultimately approved by the Review Board.

However, a final decision about holding new elections may not come until November at the earliest but could drag on even longer, depending on the number of complaints, each of which must be investigated individually.

“There will be several decisions since we look into what the complainant will have reviewed and if it’s appropriate,” said Pripp.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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09:12 September 24, 2010 by miss79
well, hope there will be no balance power again from the NAZI Svd..
09:13 September 24, 2010 by Pont-y-garreg
It's appeal AGAINST the results in correct English.
09:27 September 24, 2010 by Great Scott
Your right Pont-y-garreg, but you know how bad the English is on The Local website. Give them a break they are trying hard, and of course its free.
10:11 September 24, 2010 by fritton
There should also be an investigation into the non-distribution of ballots for overseas voters. Both my daughters are Swedish and live in London. They are registered Swedish voters and have voted in previous elections while overseas. Their postal voting papers did not arrive for this year's election. How many other "The Local" readers have relatives abroad in a similar situation who also have not received their voting papers?
10:22 September 24, 2010 by LuxVeritas
Re: 'Ericsson mobile app reconnects refugees.' As no comment option appears for a corporate sponsor, here it is elsewhere. Simply, corporate propaganda for the mass of livestock slave consumers. A thousand good deeds cannot wash clean the blood stained hands of rotten corporations who act globally without ethics, morals or integrity. Want to do something good, take the profit out of wars that create refugees.
12:19 September 24, 2010 by ehune
@fritton

I didn't receive voting papers either (also in London). However, if voting from abroad, all you really need is to show your passport, meaning they could still vote without having the papers. The information about this possibility wasn't very well spread though...
17:23 September 24, 2010 by fritton
ehune

Thanks but that means trecking to the embassy doesn't it?

Your response means this is not an isolated incident and should be investigated by the election commission. Might make all the difference to the outcome.
23:12 September 24, 2010 by vikingolf
Sounds as though Swedes learned about electioneering in Chicago..
01:33 September 25, 2010 by Lil'Ayesha
No one would call Sweden's ballot a secret ballot. And the police had actually stated that they cannot provide protection to Sweden Democrats cabdidates trying to explain their party's message. Not to mention that the Sweden Democrats' adverts were censored, not by the Iranian ayatollahs but by Swedish television companies
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