Deceptive claims about ‘rigged’ postal votes seem earlier than Italian elections

Deceptive claims about “voter rigging” are being shared on-line forward of Italy’s basic election on Sunday.

Viral movies have falsely prompt that postal votes overseas shall be rigged to favour sure political events.

In a single clip on Fb, a person claims that two populist events have been illegally excluded from the poll. Euronews has fact-checked the claims.

Within the video, the person claims that voting slips and poll papers have been despatched to his handle in Lugano, Switzerland, by the native Italian consulate.

He opens the envelope and reveals the record of events on the poll papers, claiming that candidates from Torniamo alla Costituzione, Italexit and Vita have been eliminated. All three populist events are recognized for his or her eurosceptic views and have beforehand shared debunked conspiracy theories.

However in accordance with Italy’s Consulate Common, the three events didn’t register sufficient signatures to run candidates for postal votes.

In Italy postal votes are allowed for residents who’re dwelling overseas or who’re in a foreign country for no less than three months for work, examine or medical causes.

Below Italy’s electoral guidelines for abroad voters, events should register between 500 and 1,000 signatures in every of the areas to be listed on the poll paper for that area. The variety of signatures falls to 250 within the occasion of a snap election, as is the case in 2022.

One of many populist events, Vita, has confirmed on Fb that they didn’t safe the mandatory signatories to run for abroad votes. Due to this fact, their absence from the poll paper in Lugano just isn’t proof of “vote rigging”.

The person additionally claims within the video that an promoting leaflet for the candidates of the centre-left Democratic Celebration (PD) was included within the sealed envelope.

However the footage reveals that the person’s letter had already been opened earlier than he began filming, compromising the reliability of his claims.

Luciano Vecchi, a PD official, has said that the accusations have been “clearly unfounded” and says that the video had been “manipulated”.

Euronews has contacted the Italian election fee for a press release on the video allegations.

False claims about voter fraud have beforehand been shared on-line earlier than basic elections in France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

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