DNA opens criminal record on Diaspora vote, 42 complaints filed

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The anti-corruption prosecutors have officially announced on Thursday that they had opened a criminal case on the irregularities during the voting in Diaspora on May 26. 42 complaints on irregularities in exerting the right to vote have been filed so far in this case.

The information that the National Anti-corruption Directorate has taken over investigations on the problems encountered by Romanians voting abroad at the EP elections and the referendum on justice was revealed on Tuesday.

The file on the obstruction of the right to vote has been initially registered at the General Prosecutor’s Office after more then 40 complaints had been filed in the past two weeks.

The General Prosecutor’s Office has yet decided to relate all complaints in a single file and they sent it to DNA.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that a certain person will be prosecuted, but the investigators will try to find out where the problems had come up in the polling stations abroad.

The Opposition parties announced last week they will file a simple motion at the Senate this week against Romanian FM Teodor Melescanu over the chaos in the voting for the EP elections in Diaspora, when thousands of Romanians queuing in front of the polling stations failed to cast their vote.

At the same time, PNL Diaspora organisation has filed a criminal complaint on May 31 to the Prosecutor General’s Office against Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu, accusing him of premeditating the prevention of Romanian citizens abroad from casting their ballots at the May 26 election.

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