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‘No evidence of rigging’ — US election officials counter Trump

The United States Federal Election Coordinating Council says there is no evidence of compromised ballots or corrupt voting system in the recent election.

Global media organisations declared Joe Biden, candidate of the Democratic Party, as winner of the election, but Trump has refused to concede, insisting that he will challenge the result.

Trump, in a tweet, had alleged that the election was rigged, claiming that 2.7 million votes for him were “deleted” nationwide.

But in a statement on Thursday, the electoral officials said the election was “the most secure in American history” and rejected Trump’s fraud claims.

“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result,” the officials said.

“When states have close elections, many will recount ballots. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary. This is an added benefit for security and resilience.

“This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.

“Other security measures like pre-election testing, state certification of voting equipment, and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) certification of voting equipment help to build additional confidence in the voting systems used in 2020.

“While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too. When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”

Biden, former US vice-president, defeated Trump, candidate of the Republican Party, in states that are Republican strongholds.

Biden garnered more popular and electoral votes than Trump.

He polled 77,491,345 popular votes (50.9%), while Trump secured 72,307,888 (47.5%),

He also polled 290 electoral votes out of 538. With a margin of about 11,000 votes, (0.3%) in Arizona, Biden victory brings him to 290 electoral votes more than the 270 required to be declared president.

He is also the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state since President Bill Clinton in 1996.

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