April 14, 2008 / 4:39 PM / in 10 years

Fed up with politics, man eats vote

NAPLES (Reuters) - Ballot stuffing took on a new meaning in Italy’s parliamentary election on Sunday when a man ate his ballot paper in protest at the country’s politicians.

<p>Electoral officers empty ballot papers onto a table for counting after polls closed at Visconti high school in Rome April 14, 2008. . REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli</p>

Police in Naples said they had charged the 41-year-old businessman with destroying election materials. He said all Italian politicians and politics “are crap” and that he was protesting “against the system.”

Reporting by Laura Viggiano; Writing by Phil Stewart

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