BERLIN (AP) – Head of international delegation monitoring US election said his group had no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claim of fraudulent allegations regarding absentee ballots by mail.
Michael Georg Link, a German lawmaker who heads an observer delegation of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told German broadcaster rbb on Thursday that “on election day, they I couldn’t see any “violations” at the US voting locations they visited.
Link said he was “very surprised” by Trump’s claims about postal ballot fraud because the United States has a long history of this voting method dating back to the 19th century.
“We have looked at this. We didn’t find any violations of the rules, ”Link told rbb.
He said neither US election observers and the media found any evidence of fraud, although the OSCE team on Wednesday echoed long-standing concerns. about the deprivation of some voters and the distorting effects of campaign finance laws.
The link says there are some cases where errors have been done “but without the intervention of the system or even manipulation of postal ballots.”
Trump has been arguing for weeks that mail voting is susceptible to fraud. On Wednesday morning, with his lead in key battlefields slipping, Trump announced that efforts were made to steal his victory and soon declared himself the winner.
“That’s what should be described as violating a taboo,” Link said of Trump’s attempt to stop the count. “He has neither the right nor the ability to do this. The responsibility for quantity rests solely with the states. “
The OSCE is headquartered in Vienna, of which the United States is a member, performing observer duties at major elections in all member states.