Antwerp Green municipal councilor Yasmia Setta not only voted for the municipality herself, but also for her absent colleague Imade Annouri (Green). This is voting fraud. According to Groen party leader Ilse van Dienderen, this was by accident, but the party will apologize about the mayor and general manager.
Setta filed a motion in city council on Monday night calling for the ban on wearing philosophical signs for teachers and student teachers in urban schools to be lifted. Groen asked for a roll call vote, not by group, although the late hour had already thinned the opposition benches heavily. There was no chance of a majority in favor. This tribe is also public. The motivation was therefore found with thirty votes against and six in favour.
However, it soon became apparent that something was wrong with the votes in favour. One of those votes was cast by Imade Annouri. However, he had already left for the house at 9:30 p.m. to be with his sick daughter, and the vote on this move in the congregation was not until 11:30 p.m.
“I heard from the city services that someone in the municipality was convinced for me,” says Annouri. “One of my colleagues was a little too enthusiastic, but this is not allowed. I have therefore had this so-called vote of mine cancelled.”
That colleague was City Councilor Setta. The possible consequences of this voting fraud are now being officially investigated. Antwerp Green party leader Ilse van Dienderen will apologize on behalf of the group to mayor Bart De Wever (N-VA) and the general manager of the city of Antwerp.
“I assume that Yasmia Setta accidentally cast a vote on Annouri’s voting application,” says Van Dienderen. “There were problems with this application at the time of the following. It was quite a messy mess. Suppose her neighbor Annouri’s voting app was still open on the council benches. So she cast a vote for the app to test, but did not assume that that vote would also be registered because Annouri was no longer present. It now appears that this vote was registered.”