White House Petition Claims Electoral Fraud in Korea

An eccentrically worded petition on the White House's dedicated website claims there was widespread fraud in Korea's presidential election last month. The petition on the "We the People" website took issue with the software program counting voter turnout and votes.

The White House is obliged to respond in unspecified ways to any petition that attracts more than 25,000 signatories within 30 days.

The petition was created on Dec. 29 by a person describing himself as a Korean living in New York state. "Korea National Election Commission count votes illegally. Korean demand for manual counting or even re-counting, which is their constitutional right. There are election rigging made by Progressive Programs that have been secretly used to fix the 2012 South Korean Presidential Election."

The writer added, "Only the graphs implied by the Formula of Logistic Funtion can produce such beautiful, smooth curves. Please Support the Korean People of Democracy with Free and Fair Election. So, they can decide their own future for Democracy. Recount NOW!"

It is unclear what the petitioner expects the White House to do about it.

The petition reportedly started on websites popular among Koreans in the U.S. When the news reached Korea, some Koreans here also signed up. Within three days, over 4,000 people had signed the petition.

The National Election Commission felt obliged to issue an official response, saying such claims "undermine the roots of democracy without any objective grounds."

Other peculiar petitions on the website include a demand for the British chat show host Piers Morgan to be deported over remarks slamming U.S. gun laws.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 02, 2013 11:46 KST