A corruption ring within Colombia’s electoral authority could have altered as many as 20% of the votes that were cast in recent legislative elections, according to a think tank. Fundacion Paz y Reconciliacion (Pares) said Monday that evidence seemed to confirm sources who had told investigators that a major corruption network had been selling bulks of votes to candidates. Registrar Juan Carlos Galindo, who was already under fire over irregularities in the March 11 vote, said the NGO showed a “lack of respect” to his authority and said the fraud alert was “wrong.” According to Pares, candidates were able to buy packages of 2,000 votes for prices between $400,000 and $600,000. If a candidate wanted more votes “the cost would go up” to $1 million. In its report, the think tank provided copies of voter forms indicating that some candidates benefited from what could be altered results of dozens of polling stations. This would involve an extensive network made up of officials and former officials of the Registrar’s Office, lawyers and jurors, who have privileged access to the electoral system or have found weaknesses in it. Fundacion Paz y Reconciliacion The MOE, the think tank dedicated to monitoring elections, did not… Read full this story
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