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Two More Mouths To Feed

Liberal Democratic leader Vlad Filat

Liberal Democratic leader Vlad Filat

Inflated voter rolls are among the most common tactics to steal elections, and there were allegations of ghost voters in Moldova's April polls.

NGOs and Western diplomats warned repeatedly in the run-up to today's elections that voter lists appeared inaccurate and could lead to fraud and distorted results.

But if a claim by opposition Liberal Democrat party leader Vlad Filat is confirmed, Moldovan authorities have outdone themselves.

Filat tells RFE/RL's Moldovan Service that he discovered when he went to cast his ballot this morning that two strangers live with him in the Chisinau home that he and his family built for themselves. It's bound to come as a shock to the wife and children, too.

Filat also complained of "other problems" but declined to elaborate.

-- Mircea Ticudean/Andy Heil