Germany warns pollsters after Twitter leak

Germany’s chief electoral commissioner told pollsters on Tuesday to be vigilant with their exit poll data on the Sept. 27 federal election after state results were published on Twitter before polls closed on Sunday.Roderich Egeler told a news conference he expected the polling institutes that supply exit poll data to German networks to takes steps to ensure the information is not leaked out on the Twitter social networking site in breach of German law. see:German politicians livid after Twitter vote leak [AFP]
German politicians have warned of a “damage to democracy” after exit polls for three state elections were leaked on Twitter, the second time in recent months results have appeared ahead of time.Exit poll results for key elections in Saarland, Thuringia and Saxony, showing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives had suffered strong setbacks, surfaced on the microblogging site around 90 minutes before officially due.

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