Technical delay in vote on 2022 Olympic host city

Chinese delegation, from left, Yao Ming, Li Nina, Yang Lan, Liu Peng, Yang Yang, Vice President of the China Olympics Council Yu Zaiqing, China Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Wang Anshun, Zhang Haidi, Li Lingwei, Hou Liang and Zhang Li attend the Beijing's bid presentation for the host city for the 2022 Winter Games, at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July, 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has decided to vote by paper ballots after problems with the electronic voting in the choice for the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The members had voted with new tablets in the election between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

But after the vote was declared closed, IOC director general Christophe De Kepper told the delegates that there had been “interferences with changes of tablets” and that scrutineers “are not comfortable with the integrity of the vote.”

De Kepper said the vote would be re-run using paper ballots, which is a much lengthier procedure.

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