Despite the abuses at various polling stations, Aboutaleb saw no cause last week for a recount or for declaring the election invalid. They would not have had any influence on the ultimate division of the seats, he reasoned.
Aboutaleb yesterday maintained there had been no reason initially for a recount. "But signals of mistakes have subsequently come to light," he stated.
Boosted by immigrant votes, Labour (PvdA), the party of Morocco-born Aboutaleb, emerged as the biggest in Rotterdam with 28.9 percent of the vote. The rightwing Liveable Rotterdam, the white population's favourite, came second with 28.6 percent, a difference of only about 600 votes. Both won 14 seats, but PvdA, as the biggest party, has the initiative to form a coalition.
On the day of the elections, it had already emerged that many immigrant voters stood in the voting booth together, which is forbidden. Meanwhile, signals have also emerged of people voting two or three times, intimidation of Liveable Rotterdam voters on the street or in the voting booth, empty ballot boxes and people who voted for other people without showing ID.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Voting fraud in Rotterdam leads to a recount.
Last week there were complaints of immigrant candidates in the Netherlands getting voted in over white candidates in the Labour Party. Now there is cry about voter fraud in Rotterdam that it has forced the Mayor to call for a recount mainly because of abuses that seemed to have happened in immigrant(Muslim) areas.