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Fraud Allegations

Further Moderates Resign

Published fredag 19 februari 2010 kl 17.49
Mats G. Nilsson

Another politician from the centre-right Moderate Party in Stockholm has withdrawn his bid to run in this year’s general election as a scandal over internal vote rigging grows. Speaking to Swedish Radio News, Mats G. Nilsson said he resigned now because he does not expect to get the nomination anymore due to an internal row within the party.

Earlier on Friday, two other men withdrew their candidacy for the Moderate Party in Stockholm after fraud allegations.

Last week, the party was rocked by fraud allegations when a Stockholm city councilor 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 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.

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