Fraud scandal costs PS 20pc of votes
8 June 2006, BRUSSELS — The Socialist PS party stands to lose 20 percent of its electoral support at the local elections in Charleroi in October.
8 June 2006
BRUSSELS — The Socialist PS party stands to lose 20 percent of its electoral support at the local elections in Charleroi in October.
The poll was conducted after new allegations of corruption with the Francophone Socialists emerged in recent weeks.
In comparison with the local elections in 2000, the PS party stands to lose 19.5 percent of its vote in October.
The party currently has an absolute majority in Charleroi of 51.4 percent and would keep just 31.9 percent of its support over.
But despite the corruption scandal, the party would remain the city's largest and still maintain a sizeable lead over the Liberal MR, which would win 5 percent more support to command 21.1 percent of the vote.
The extreme-right Front National is set to gain almost 10 percent in support, rising to 16.5 percent, while the Humanist CDH would finish with 14.9 percent (a rise of 5 percent).
The green Ecolo party in Charleroi would lose 0.4 percent of its votes, falling back to 11 percent.
The survey was carried out by Dedicated Research on commission from Wallonian public broadcaster RTBF. Some 600 people were polled and the margin of error was 4 percent.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news