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NDP probes traffic on site during leadership vote 0

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau
A delegate votes on her iPad during the third ballot at the New Democratic Party (NDP) leadership convention in Toronto, Ontario, on March 24, 2012. Voting has been extended due to computer problems. AFP PHOTO/Geoff Robins

A delegate votes on her iPad during the third ballot at the New Democratic Party (NDP) leadership convention in Toronto, Ontario, on March 24, 2012. Voting has been extended due to computer problems. AFP PHOTO/Geoff Robins

TORONTO -- The NDP is looking into why its website received an "excessive amount of traffic" from two computer addresses on Saturday -- traffic that caused delays during the party's leadership vote.

The NDP extended voting periods after party members vocalized problems, but the party insists ballots were not tampered with.

"I am completely confident that all the votes are secure, the site is completely secure," NDP president Rebecca Blaikie said.

"The only thing that did happen is we isolated two IP addresses from which there was an excessive amount of traffic coming to the site with the goal, I assume, of making it harder for people to get into the website. But that does not put into question the security of the site at all."

An independent auditing company - PricewaterhouseCoopers - has been tasked with monitoring the party's website to ensure there weren't any breaches.

"The auditors have no concern about the security of the votes," Blaikie said.

Kristy.Kirkup@sunmedia.ca

On Twitter: @kkirkup


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