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Record number appeal Swedish election result

Record number appeal Swedish election result

Published: 11 Oct 2010 13:42 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Oct 2010 13:42 GMT+02:00

The appeals, all submitted by private individuals, variously demand that national or local elections be retaken, or vote recounts conducted in certain constituencies.

The grounds for appeal detailed in the communications to the authority have varied from the reported loss of ballots, to questions over why votes had been declared invalid, to more elaborate conspiracy theories referring to alleged vote rigging and even espionage.

Furthermore a parliamentary candidate for the Left Party has queried why only two preference votes have been registered when he has been assured that his entire family put a cross by his name.

While the 102 appeals submitted by the October 8th deadline dwarfed the number submitted last time around in 2006, Vivan Nilsson, a spokesperson at the Election Authority, argued that more perfunctory reasons lay behind the increase.

"At the last election in 2006, six or seven people appealed. That there are so many now is probably due to the fact that it is now possible to appeal via email," she said.

The appeals have now all been collated and forwarded to the Election Review Board (Valprövningsnämnden) for consideration and have now been published.

Many of the emails included no explicit grounds for appeal, and a number argued that the far-right Sweden Democrats' success in claiming parliamentary seats was sufficient cause for a retake.

Many of the emails alleged voter registration and/or voting booth irregularities such as identification not being properly checked or the lack of ballot papers available for a chosen party.

"The entire procedure is very mysterious and I think that the man, who wandered around all the time removed the ballot papers," wrote one appellant.

Several emails to the authority were of an altogether more clandestine nature with allegations of vote rigging and espionage at play. One man even linked the alleged cheating with the (false) bomb threat on a Pakistani airliner which landed at Stockholm Arlanda airport on September 26th, a week after the election.

In order to submit an appeal of a Swedish election, full identification disclosure is a required in order to ensure that the appellant has a right to vote - a requirement to submit an appeal.

The Election Review Board, which is located within the Swedish parliament, the Riksdag, will now consider the appeals and decide on whether any further action should be taken with several observers predicting that recounts and possibly re-elections can be expected in, for example, Dalarna.

Several constituencies in the Swedish election, which left the governing Alliance two short of a parliamentary majority, were decided by a mere handful of votes with allegations abounding in the media in the days following the election that not all ballot papers had been handled according to protocol.

The board is the only authority with powers to call for a recount or new election in a district if problems affecting the outcome of the election are deemed to have occurred. The board's decision can not be appealed.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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16:00 October 11, 2010 by Åskar
The head of the Election Authority has told me that he will organise a new election any day if someone gives him 250 000 000 SEK.
18:29 October 11, 2010 by Rey Stockholm
Left candidate - assured by his family they voted for him !

Thank goodness for secret ballot
20:46 October 11, 2010 by ww77ww
Someone is unhappy with the will of the people
21:31 October 11, 2010 by swedish_gang
the election was shaddy.

The US has changed the results somehow. Btw, Turkmenistan has also blamed for it
03:33 October 12, 2010 by ISayWhatPeopleThink
*looks at photo*

Heyyyyyy....why are SD's ballots up in the front?

_>
07:48 October 12, 2010 by isenhand
"why are SD's ballots up in the front? "

Perhaps its just me but it does seem that the local takes every opportunity to bring the Swedish Democrats to the fore. I guess as most of the readers of the local would fall in to the very category of non-Swedish immigrants that the Swedish Democrats dislike that the local perhaps aims to make us all more aware of the Swedish Democrats as a kind of warning?
09:37 October 12, 2010 by Nemesis
@ isenhand & ISayWhatPeopleThink

You will notice the large amount of times that the local mentions the Sweden Democrats. I find that strange for an insignificant party that has only 5% of the votes.

The constant mentioning of the Sweden Democrats does imply some form of support from the local.
11:06 October 12, 2010 by Kevin Harris
@Nemesis

The Local is an English language newspaper meant for immigrants

to Sweden.

The dramatic increase in the vote of the anti-immigrant SD, it's arrival as a political force with parliamentary seats, and their position as potential holders of the balance of power, is legitimate and important news. Particularly for the Local's immigrant readership.

Reporting on a story, and even flogging it to death after, does not necessarily mean the Local supports the issues it raises. I'm sure an intelligent chap/chappess like you knew that already, and you will now reassure us your post was written in haste and clumsily worded.
15:01 October 12, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Kevin Harris

Search the local and its stories for the last year. SD are mentioned as often as Social Democrats and Moderates which are several times larger and have been in power, where'as SD will likely not be. SD are like the Left party, a lunatic fringe party.
17:03 October 12, 2010 by Syftfel
This is so typical, and predictable, of the social dems, and other useless trash on the left and their SVT media lapdogs. You don't like the results, so you demand a new election. The social dems are now unhinged and absolutely infuriated, a boiling cauldron of rage, that they did not win, and so they will cheat, steal and lie to regain power, and continue their dicatorial, tax-and-spend policies, whatever it takes. Get over it lefties! Your days are over. Sweden has spoken, and it was not in your favor. It is now up to the rest of us, that the besserwisser fatcats of the left get even further down in the mud. Do not let them have anything. Not even any scraps. Now that we're finally rid of them.
05:03 October 13, 2010 by facetedjewel
@Nemesis

There are no 'insignificant' parties, but especially a party that doubled their membership in four years.

The Local's focus on the SD could just as easily imply alarm as favoritism.
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