Activists raid Poland’s electoral body over polls mishandling

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Activists raid Poland's electoral body over polls mishandling

The headquarters of Poland’s top electoral authority has been attacked by dozens of activists in a show of protest against discrepancies in the recent local elections and to demand a new vote.

Press TV reports: On Thursday evening, the demonstrators, most of them supporters of the nationalist opposition Law and Justice party, called for the dismissal of electoral officials over a computer glitch that is delaying the vote count from Sunday’s nationwide vote.

Przemyslaw Nowak, the Warsaw prosecutors’ spokesman, said that initial evidence suggests that hackers broke into the State Electoral Commission’s website but not the voting system.

Kazimierz Czaplicki, the head of the National Electoral Office, resigned over the vote count delays. He is to officially step down on December 1, following runoff votes in some mayoral races.

The electoral committee’s website still only provides the official turnout information about regional legislative assemblies election.

Partial results released by the electoral committee on Tuesday suggest that the agrarian and Christian democratic political party, Polish People’s Party, has emerged victorious in 10 out of 16 regions in Poland.

The Law and Justice party has complained about the high number of votes being declared invalid, claiming irregularities in the voting and counting processes.

Some local officials argue that the design of the electoral booklet containing names of the regional assembly candidates misled the voters as some thought they were to elect one contender from each party list instead of picking only one candidate from the entire booklet.

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