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Moderates knew of election list fraud: report

Roger Choate · 14 Feb 2010, 10:52

Published: 14 Feb 2010 10:52 GMT+01:00

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Mats Rudin, a Moderate councilor in Stockholm, was forced to stand down on Friday after admitting to cheating to secure a nomination for this year’s general election. He was ranked No. 8 on the party’s list which would have guaranteed him a seat in parliament (Riksdag) if the list had been been confirmed.

Instead, a meeting that would have selected candidates was cancelled on Friday after Rudin’s admission. The national daily Dagens Nyheter, which broke the story, said that leading members of the Moderates have known for weeks about the situation.

Party ombudsman Sverker Eriksson said Rudin was standing down after admitting he paid membership fees for new members of the party, thereby boosting his chances to get the nomination. “He did not understand the regulations.”

Rudin said “sure, it’s happened that I’ve enrolled some new members–friends and others to Moderaterna, pretty often even–and I didn’t take 100 kronor ($14) from them. It seemed petty.”

Justice Minister Beatrice Ask, herself a Moderate, told Dagens Nyheter on Saturday that the entire matter would be investigated.

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“I think it extremely good that it’s been decided to get to the bottom of these rumours and indications.”

Roger Choate (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:59 February 14, 2010 by Great Scott
Typical Tories, corrupt, and they want you to believe them. LOL

So now they have been caught out shall there be a resignation on Monday.
18:25 February 14, 2010 by Jan-Bug
"He did not understand the regulations" (???) Kiss my rear end!
19:57 February 14, 2010 by conboy
It is all a terrible misunderstanding it is a well known fact worldwide that there is absoloutely no public corruption in Sweden.
05:46 February 15, 2010 by Markus D
Look, this sort of thing goes on with ALL political parties, everywhere.

I´m not saying its OK to do, just trying to make a point, that it does not exactly put a reflection on the Moderates.

On the contrary, the way the senior leaders have reacted is a good sign that the Moderates are very clear about this behaviour.

I would like to have seen how the Left Party leadership would have dealt with this!!!
07:59 February 15, 2010 by bulletts67
The Moderate party sought advice and support from Karl Rove (George Bush's political brain) for electoral strategy. Rove is a notorious dirty trickster in manipulating elections...so maybe the Moderates have been taking some of his advice.
11:08 February 15, 2010 by Audrian
It shows why Sweeden does not score as low as Norway and Finland on the corruption scale.
20:34 February 15, 2010 by conboy
Sweden does not suffer from public corruption therefore it does not need to concern itself with the issue. Public service and private media companies here are in touching agreement on this issue and there is some quasi independent think thank orgainisation which issued Sweden with a clean bill of health on the issue a few years ago Hey it's Avatar for Teddy bears here ////::::??¤¤¤¤
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