Election recount in Tilburg finds almost all “missing” votes

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A recount of votes at four polling stations in Tilburg is not expected to change the outcome of last month’s general election.

MPs voted on Saturday in a specially convened session of parliament to order a recount after 75 ballot papers in the Noord-Brabant city were unaccounted for. Some 6,000 votes had to be counted again on Saturday afternoon.

Mayor Theo Weterings said all but four of the “missing” votes were traced, some of which were the result of errors by polling station staff. “In one specific instance, somebody had 22 votes but they put down two,” he said.

The discrepancy came to light when the municipality reported a difference between the number of voting passes handed in at the polling station and the number of ballots cast.

In one case the difference was more than 2%, triggering a recount vote under electoral rules. The parliamentary committee responsible for deciding on the recount said there was “no obvious reason” for the difference.

The Electoral Council will issue a revised report of the election on Monday and formally amend the result on Tuesday, but the recount is not expected to change the outcome.

Weterings said it was “good for the democratic process” that the ballot papers were checked a second time, while VVD MP Ulysse Ellian, said recounts to eliminate even small discrepancies were essential to ensure the “reliability and accountability” of the election.

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