The race to replace Nicolas Sarkozy as leader of France’s main opposition party is in chaos amid allegations of fraud.
Both former Prime Minister Francois Fillion and rival Jean-François Copé claimed victory and irregularities connected with the vote.
Speaking to journalists Jean-François Copé made his point:
“What is this fraud? Well, simply put, it means that there are more ballot papers in the ballot boxes than there are people who signed the voter register. That’s called ballot-stuffing. I’ve got to say it’s pathetic.”
The scandal has undermined the UMP’s desire for a fresh start after the Socialists won the presidency for the first time in 17 years in April.
Former Prime Minister Francois Fillion also expressed his anger:
“There has been a major malfunction in such an important election. I am extremely shocked.”
The UMP has lauched a probe into yesterday’s events. The result of the ballot will be announced later today.