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Geert Wilders’s far-right social gathering is main within the polls

All votes in subsequent month’s Dutch election can be counted by hand to counter the specter of hacking, the federal government says.

It follows studies that software program used to tally outcomes at regional and nationwide degree will not be safe.

Intelligence businesses have warned the French, German and Dutch elections might be weak to manipulation by exterior actors, together with Russia.

Russia has denied allegations it interfered in final 12 months’s US election.

The Netherlands will maintain parliamentary elections on 15 March – the primary in an important election 12 months for nations on the coronary heart of the EU.

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“No shadow of doubt may be permitted,” mentioned Inside Minister Ronald Plasterk.

“Now there are indications that Russians might be , for the next elections we should fall again on good previous pen and paper,” he added.

Broadcaster RTL had reported that digital tallying software program was distributed on CDs to regional counting centres the place it was put in on previous computer systems that had been related to the web, which consultants mentioned was not safe.

Mr Plasterk mentioned the brand new vote-counting process shouldn’t take longer than regular.

The anti-immigrant and anti-EU Freedom Get together led by Geert Wilders is main within the polls and is predicted to win greater than 30 seats within the 150-seat parliament.

Final 12 months, Mr Wilders was convicted of inciting discrimination after coercing supporters to chant positively in response to his anti-Moroccan assertion.

Russia has been accused of offering backing to far-right actions in Europe.