Moderate Party Rocked by Election Fraud

Two more politicians from the centre-right Moderate Party in Stockholm have withdrawn their bids to run in this year’s general election as a scandal over internal vote rigging grows. 

Last week, the party was rocked by fraud allegations when a Stockholm city councillor was forced to withdraw his candidacy after admitting to paying the membership fees for new members - thereby increasing his chances of nomination to the party’s electoral list.

A snap investigation by the accountancy firm Ernst & Young revealed that other candidates had also been involved in the practice, which is against the party’s rules.

“I am sad, angry and disappointed over what has been the worst week ever for this association,” Sten Nordin, chairman of the party’s Stockholm branch told Swedish Radio News, adding that a full review of the nomination procedures was needed.