The Dutch governmentÂ cannot guarantee the authenticity of more than 400,000 signatures on a petition that triggered a referendum onÂ an EU-Ukraine deal, local media reported Thursday.
“It cannot be established with certainty that the requests [signatures] have been submitted by several individuals,” Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk said in response toÂ a freedom of information request.
The identity of the people who signed the petition wasÂ only verified by checking names against the electorate register. But the governmentÂ did not check if those people actually signed, Plasterk said.
Bart Nijman, one of the initiators of the referendum, said theÂ signatures were collected in …read more
Source: European Voice