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conservative moderates

Candidates May Have Paid for Votes

Published söndag 14 februari 2010 kl 11.02

Updated 5:00 PM

The newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” reports that leading members of the conservative Moderate Party, the largest party in the coalition government, were aware of possible cheating in the selection of parliamentary candidates.

Following the newspaper’s revelations, the final decision on candidates in Stockholm has been postponed, and an investigation has been launched.

The newspaper “Expressen” says at least five leading politicians are under scrutiny. “This is not acceptable,” conservative Moderate Party Secretary tells the TT news agency.

It was revealed early Saturday that one probable candidate had not only recruited new party members, he also paid their membership fees. “Dagens Nyheter” says he encouraged those he paid for to vote for him as a candidate. Because there are so few party members who take part in the selection process, a few votes can make a large difference.

Following the revelation the candidate announced he would not be standing for parliament.

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