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Class Action Filed Against Electronic Voting System

There is increasing pressure to nullify the results of electronic voting in Vihti, Karkkila and Kauniainen. Problems have been detected with the balloting in the three municipalities that trialled the electronic voting system during the recently-held municipal elections. On Wednesday a third complaint against the vote was filed in the Helsinki Administrative Court. This time the case involved a class action suit filed by 16 residents and election candidates. The complainants are calling for the results of the election to be deemed null and void and for the entire electronic voting system to be declared contrary to voting laws. Mikko Välimäki, ombudsman for the complainants said it seemed likely that ballots would have to be re-cast in the affected municipalities. He said that the Administrative Court will treat the class action as an urgent matter. "In practice this could last a few months. With any luck we'll have a decision by the end of the year. Possibly it could come next year," said Välimäki. Two other complaints have already been filed about the electronic balloting in Vihti. Ministry Mum on Electronic Voting Fiasco

The Justice Ministry has not offered any comment on questions relating to problems with the electronic voting system.

On Wednesday the Ministry issued a release stating that the matter would be examined in the course of an interval review in December.

Chief Election Officer Arto Jääskeläinen also issued a statement to YLE indicating that he would not comment on the matter.

Jääskeläinen also refrained from commenting on charges made by Chancellor of Justice Jaakko Jonkka, who had previously criticised the election chief's oversight of campaign funding declarations.

More than 200 electors cast their ballots in vain during last month's municipal elections - their electronic votes were not registered.

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