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Were drug addicts offered money to vote Labour in the recently completed local elections?

Posted by African Press International on September 24, 2007

Drug addicts in the town of Drammen say they were offered money or free kebabs to vote for the Labour Party in the local election last week.

Bent Sandberg was offered NOK 50 (about USD 9) to vote for the Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet) in the local election last week. He declined the bribe. “It is nasty to take advantage of societys weakest people. And to offer NOK 50 is scornful. But I know many people accepted the money,” he told local newspaper Drammens Tidende. Reports were also coming out Wednesday that some drug addicts had been offered free kebabs to vote Labour.

Else Marie Romset is one of the people who accepted money to go to the voting both. On her ballot, someone had already put a cross next to the name of local Labour politician Yousuf Gilani.

Gilani denied any knowledge about the alleged bribe, and told the local newspaper that he believed someone had planted the story to damage his reputation.

Local Labour Party leader Torgeir Micaelsen Wednesday called for an internal investigation in the party, and threatened to expel the person or persons who offered the bribe.

By Aftenposteneng

(If it is true that Romset accepted the money as she now admits, then she is encouraging bribery and corruption and the authorities should prosecute her for her part in the case. The local party leader states that he will expel those who may have offered the money. It is also correct if he can call for the prosecution of the receptients of the money- api*apn editorial)


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