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Vote Probe under Way after Argentine Candidate Cries Foul

BUENOS AIRES - An Argentine prosecutor said Tuesday that a preliminary investigation has been opened into accusations by a candidate for governor of Buenos Aires province, who claims that more than 192,000 ballots cast in the Aug. 9 primary went uncounted.

"We're going to make a preliminary investigation with the data he has, and afterwards we will file the corresponding complaint, if any, with a federal court in the province," federal prosecutor Jorge di Lello told Vorterix radio.

The prosecutor summoned the candidate crying foul, Felipe Sola, to appear in court to provide "all the evidence he has" and said that, once the case is being tried, each and every polling place will be inspected to dispel any doubts.

Sola, who finished third in the primary, said Monday that some 192,400 votes in his favor were not counted.

First place went to Maria Eugenia Vidal, candidate of the right-wing Pro, while the standard-bearer of mainstream Peronism, federal Cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez, came second.

Sola competed as the candidate of a dissident Peronist faction, Renovation Front.

According to Sola, he and a group of supporters detected a maneuver by which many polling places that registered no votes for him, registered votes for Renovation Front presidential candidate Sergio Massa.

The 192,400 votes for Massa with no corresponding votes for Sola, the equivalent of 2.21 percent of the ballots cast that day in Buenos Aires, would have put Sola in second place, ahead of Fernandez.
 

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