Norway backflips on its own vote

From zdnet: Norway’s national standards body has lodged a formal protest over its own vote on Office Open XML (OOXML) at the ISO.

The chairman of the Norway’s standards committee said there were “serious irregularities” with the voting process and that the vote should be changed to oppose ISO certification of Open XML.

In the letter, sent on Monday to the ISO, Steve Pepper, chairman of the Norwegian mirror committee to the ISO, asked that Norway’s vote be suspended pending the results of an investigation.

“I wish to inform you of serious irregularities in connection with the Norwegian vote on ISO/IEC DIS 29500 (Office Open XML) and to lodge a formal protest,” wrote Pepper in a statement to the international standards body.

The statement continued: “You will have been notified that Norway voted to approve OOXML in this ballot. This decision does not reflect the view of the vast majority of the Norwegian committee, 80 percent of which was against changing Norway’s vote from No with comments to Yes.”