NATIONAL Presidential Elections

Alleged signature forging derails presidential campaign


In a grotesque case, independent Diego Ancalao submitted signatures that were ratified by a dead notary. Local reports highlighted a connection between election watchdog Servel and the deceased. His daughter announced a lawsuit, while Ancalao’s campaign came crashing down.

Former prospective candidate for the People’s List, Diego Ancalao, is facing legal troubles over 23,000 allegedly forged signatures to back his planned presidential run.

While Ancalao had gathered 13,000 sponsorships via election watchdog Servel’s platform, he also presented a long list which was ratified by a notary called Patricio Zaldívar – who had passed away in February.

Ancalao started gathering signatures only in March.

Curiously, a Servel board member, Andrés Tagle, is the neighbour of Zaldívar’s daughter, María Loreto, according to news outlet Ex-Ante.

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María Loreto Zaldívar will now launch a lawsuit, claiming her father’s identity was used just “in a historical context that is calling for more responsibility, transparency and good intentions from political figures.”

She added, “this is the most serious imaginable offense, the fact that through deceit, they have tried to evade the minimum filters set by law to apply for the highest possible position in the republic.”

Ancalao’s candidacy was annulled right after the allegations emerged, and the independent-dominated People’s List distanced itself from the situation.

But Ancalao blamed territorial delegates who supposedly gathered the signatures. “We will join any lawsuits on the matter to find the ones responsible for this,” he said.

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