Teitur Atlason, a blogger on the online edition of red top DV, has demonstrated how easy it is to cheat on the petition on kjosum.is where the president is urged not to sign the new Icesave legislation. He himself has voted twice, once in the name of Bart Simpson.
Bart Simpson. Source: Wikipedia.
“We look at all names and social security numbers [kennitala] and have all IP numbers,” Hallur Hallsson, one of those organizing the collection of signatures, told Fréttabladid.
Last year the InDefence group, which organized a similar collection, responded to criticism by enabling people to look themselves up on the petition through their social security numbers to check whether someone had registered their names without their permission.
Hallsson said that won’t be possible in this case. “It has never been considered an option that people from out of town, such as employers, can go through these lists, as it would be a violation of the laws on privacy. We respect the confidentiality of the people.”
Meanwhile, the petition’s representatives have contacted the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, reporting “repeated attacks by an individual and his friends,” as an announcement on the petition’s website read, visir.is reports.
Almost 39,000 names have been registered on kjosum.is, which is now closed to further signatures. The petition’s organizers will go through the names on the list today and hand the petition over to President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson tomorrow morning, ruv.is reports.
Click here to read more about the new Icesave legislation which awaits the president’s confirmation.