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Police investigate local election fraud

Police are investigating suspected fraud in the local elections held in December 2006 in Komárno in southern Slovakia. Anton Marek, who lost the mayoral election, has filed complaints.

Marek has also brought his complaint to the Constitutional Court.

"I strongly suspect that the elections were manipulated in more than one way," Marek said. He claims that after the votes from 32 of 33 precincts had been counted, it was found that he beat the current mayor Tibor Bastrnák by 66 votes. Results from the last precinct were turned in an hour late and made the incumbent Mayor Bastrnák the winner by 23 votes, Marek complained.

He also suggested that the campaign moratorium had been broken by presenting vouchers and financial gifts to the public while suggesting to vote for a certain candidate. It was not possible to contact Bastrnák to get his view of the electoral fraud allegations.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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