Premier Mike Baird makes his way to the Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club polling booth with wife Kerryn, father Bruce and mother Judy for support.
Premier Mike Baird makes his way to the Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club polling booth with wife Kerryn, father Bruce and mother Judy for support. Chris Calcino

‘Stopthevotes’ virus affects poll results; need for recount

AN ONLINE virus may see Clarence constituents and the rest of the New South Wales back in the polling booths at the end of the month.

A spokesperson for the Electoral Commission said while technology was convenient in these early stages is certainly wasn't infallible.

"It appears a Russian group of extortionists saw an opportunity to make some quick rubles and sent a crippling virus into the system at the close of polls on Saturday."

The virus named 'stopthevotes' redirected both online and traditionally counted votes added to the system on Saturday night to a bunch of random candidates throughout the state skewing the results.

"This is something we were not prepared for and given the number of people who voted online we have no alternative to re-hold the election.

"A lot of candidates are now concerned about either not being as popular as they thought they were or alternatively feel liked they've been ripped off," the spokesperson said.

The Premier-in-limbo Mike Baird's only response to the whole technological disaster came via a tweet early this morning. "What a joke."



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