Poland’s electoral authorities say that the votes in the May presidential election will be counted by hand and calculator because of a lack of a reliable electronic system. The decision by the State Electoral Commission follows a major computer malfunction that largely delayed the vote count in the local government elections last fall. The scandal led to the resignations of most of the commission members.
The new head of the commission, Wojciech Hermelinski, said Tuesday that the computer system is still being fixed and will only serve as backup in the presidential vote.
He couldn’t say whether the computer system might be ready for parliamentary elections in the fall.