The commission in Bohnice mistakenly attributed the win to Babiš, they will not correct the results
The electoral commission in one of the precincts in Prague’s Bohnice mistakenly counted votes in the presidential election for Petr Pavl to his rival Andrej Babiš (ANO), who, according to official data from the Czech Statistical Office, became the winner of the vote in this precinct. Prague 8 spokesman Martin Šalek confirmed that there was an error during the counting. However, the deadline for the commission to correct the results has already passed.
“They calculated it correctly, but then attributed the result to another candidate,” said Šalek. In precinct 8090, according to the electoral website, 317 people voted for YES and the former prime minister, 169 voters voted for the retired general, although in reality the distribution of votes was exactly the opposite.
Electoral commissions have 24 hours to correct any errors, but Prague 8 missed this deadline. The district only contacted the Czech Statistical Office on Sunday before 3:00 p.m., after the situation began to be resolved by citizens on social networks, Deník N said. attribution of votes for individual candidates,” added the spokesman for Prague 8.
In the electoral database, Babiš will still be listed as the winner in the given district, as reported by the commission, although in fact more than 65 percent of the voters here voted for the elected president. “After the replacement of the deadline, the results can no longer be changed arbitrarily. That would be influencing the elections,” said office spokesman Jan Cieslar.
According to him, the statistical office cannot do anything at this moment. “By law, we read the results sent to us by the individual precinct commissions,” he said. The only way to correct erroneous results is to appeal to the Supreme Administrative Court. “Anyone can do it. First, the commission has to meet and process the whole thing. Then I’ll see how we proceed,” Šalek added.
Pavel won convincingly in the entire republic, receiving 58.32 percent of the vote and beating Babiš by roughly 960,000 votes. In Prague, the winning candidate received over 76.37 percent of the vote, the most of all regions.
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