Poland probes electoral fraud at Brussels consulate poll

25th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Polish authorities are to probe possible electoral fraud at a polling station in Brussels allegedly committed during a recent first round of a presidential vote, Warsaw prosecutors said Friday.

"Ninety-eight ballots more than those that were given to voters were found in the ballot-box on June 20 at the polling station at the Polish consulate in Brussels," prosecutors spokeswoman Monika Lewandowska said.

"The National electoral commission has already informed Warsaw prosecutors about the possible electoral fraud and (the prosecutors) are to investigate the case," she added.

The TVN 24 private television channel reported that 3,970 ballots were given to voters but that 4,068 were taken from the ballot-box.

Liberal Bronislaw Komorowski got 2,389 votes in the first round of voting more than double the 1,052 for Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a former prime minister and identical twin of president Lech Kaczynski whose April air-crash death forced a snap election,

Nationwide Komorowski came top in the ballot but failed to take the minimum 50 percent of the vote he needed to win outright, setting up a July 4 run-off with Kaczynski.

Belgium is home to a large Polish community.

© 2010 AFP

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