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Critics storm Poland’s electoral body over delays

November 20, 2014

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Dozens of protesters stormed Poland’s main voting commission and occupied the building Thursday night, angry over the delay in the vote count for recent local elections.

Most of the demonstrators were backers of the nationalist opposition Law and Justice party, which the exit polls showed to be victorious in the local assemblies vote.

They said they want the commission members to resign over a computer malfunction that is delaying the vote count from Sunday’s nationwide vote.

Prosecutors already are investigating a hacking attack on the website of the commission, while a top official has resigned over irregularities that are delaying the vote count.

Przemyslaw Nowak, the Warsaw prosecutors’ spokesman, said that initial evidence suggests the hackers entered the State Electoral Commission’s website but not the voting system. A separate computer glitch has forced a hand count of votes in some places, delaying the full returns.

Kazimierz Czaplicki, the head of the National Electoral Office, resigned over the vote count delays, and he is to step down on Dec. 1, after runoffs are held in some mayoral races.

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