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Centre Party Demands Election Results be Annulled

The party's complaint is based on what it says are flaws in the nation's much-touted e-voting system.
The party's complaint is based on what it says are flaws in the nation's much-touted e-voting system. Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

The Centre Party has filed a petition with the Supreme Court to annul the results of the March 6 parliamentary elections over what it says are significant deficiencies in the electronic voting system.

In a statement from the party, its secretary general Priit Toobal said that the nation's electronic voting is unreliable and unverifiable, and lacks the uniform procedure used in polling stations. The results, therefore, shouldn't be trusted.

"The National Electoral Committee has confirmed the e-vote ballots as valid despite the fact that significant weaknesses have been found in the e-voting application. Therefore, the Centre Party is asking the Supreme Court to declare invalid the registration and the composition of the 12th Parliament and the results of the 2011 election," said Toobal.

Toobal said the party decided to file its case after student Paavo Pihelgas had found that it was possible for a virus to block a vote without the voter knowing that any interference had occurred.

Based on his discovery, Pihelgas had himself petitioned the Supreme Court to invalidate the electronic voting results. On March 21 the court rejected his petition on the grounds that no violation of voter rights had been established nor had such a violation had a significant impact on the election's outcome.

The Centre Party received the second highest number of votes in the elections, leaving it in opposition after Reform and IRL formed a governing coalition.


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