FACT CHECK: Is The World Economic Forum Overseeing Australian State Election?
A post shared on Facebook alleges the World Economic Forum (WEF) will be overseeing the counting of votes in Victoria, Australia.
The claim is from a satirical Twitter account. There is no evidence the World Economic Forum will be overseeing the counting of votes in Victoria, Australia. A spokesperson for WEF confirmed the post is inaccurate.
Polls show Labor party incumbent Daniel Andres is favored to win the Nov. 26 Victoria Premier election, according to The Guardian. The election also marks the first time those in the state will be able to go to the polls since the COVID-19 pandemic first occurred, the outlet reported.
The Facebook post appears to show a Twitter post, claiming the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) announced a partnership with the WEF to oversee the election. The post’s image includes the account’s logo and suggests that this partnership provides “‘greater transparency.'”
“@electionsvic have announced a historic partnership with @wef to oversee and count the votes in the 2022 Victorian State Election, with many other Australian states reportedly expressing interest in their services for future elections,'” the caption reads.
This claim is baseless. There are no credible news reports suggesting the WEF has partnered with VEC to oversee vote counting in the upcoming election. No such announcement has appeared on the Victorian Electoral Commission website or the WEF website.
The post is from a satirical account that notes in their bio that they are a “Fake News in the Economic Zone Formerly Known As Australia.” The official VEC Twitter account responded to the post confirming the claim is false.
Hi @auseconomicunit, while we appreciate your account is satirical, spreading false information about electoral processes is no joke. Our votes are counted by election staff and supervised by scrutineers appointed by candidates. Get the facts: https://t.co/eHSEnwerL6
— VEC (@electionsvic) October 25, 2022
“While we appreciate your account is satirical, spreading false information about electoral processes is no joke,” the post reads in part. “Our votes are counted by election staff and supervised by scrutineers appointed by candidates.”
Alem Tedeneke, a spokesperson for WEF, confirmed in an email to Check Your Fact. “This is an inaccurate post. We do not oversee any elections. And it’s not satirical [it] is disinformation.” (RELATED: Did German Satire Magazine Feature Caricature Of Zelenskyy?)
This is not the first time a satirical post has become the source of misinformation. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim a treasury department employee exposed government corruption.