Election manipulation in Thurgau: Once again, the canton’s reputation is at stake
The Thurgau public prosecutor’s office is bringing charges of electoral fraud and demands 15 months conditionally for the former town clerk of Frauenfeld. However, the fact that no new information will be made public once the investigation has been concluded indicates a thin body of evidence. Now the facts have to be on the table before the district court in Frauenfeld.
The Thurgau public prosecutor’s office accuses the former Frauenfeld town clerk of “qualified election fraud”. What has long been rumored has come true. The accused is said to have destroyed almost a hundred unchanged GLP electoral lists in the Grand Council elections of March 2020 and replaced them with those of the SVP. The election result had to be corrected retrospectively and the SVP ceded one seat to the GLP. A scandal of the first order. Politically, the case is over. The legal processing is more demanding. Once again, the canton’s reputation is at stake.
The electoral fraud shook up the cantons. It is not surprising. He hit democracy right in the heart. Now it is up to the judiciary. It has to bring light into the darkness and withstand public pressure. Citizens have a right to know the background. But to this day they do not even know what can be seen with the “naked eye” on the added ballot papers and how the public prosecutor’s office justified the election fraud. It is understandable that the investigating authorities do not provide comprehensive information. However, the fact that no new information will be made public once the investigation has been concluded indicates a thin body of evidence.
When the state chancellery filed a complaint a year ago because of irregularities, the attorney general declared it a top priority. He soon announced that election fraud had been proven. In doing so, he got rid of the politics that sealed the distribution of seats in the cantonal parliament. But he also increased the pressure on himself. If fraud took place, a perpetrator must be found. If the attorney general fails to convince the court with evidence, he will also damage his image. Then only losers remain.
The presumption of innocence applies to the former town clerk. A motive is not recognizable. Maybe the old CVP canton council has a grudge against the green liberals? The public prosecutor’s office will only put their cards on the table in court. There it will show how good their trump cards are for a circumstantial trial. If they don’t sting, it will be the next embarrassment for Thurgau.
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