Objective of parliamentary commission of inquiry into 2009 elections: ascertaining some institutions’ involvement in the possible tampering of results

The parliamentary commission of inquiry into the presidential elections of 2009 has as an objective ascertaining the possible extent of involvement on the part of institutions or persons in the possible tampering of the result, and establishing measures to be taken, including to notify competent authorities to verify the possible breaking of the law. The conclusions of the inquiry will be included in a final report that will be sent to the Joint Standing Bureaus within 60 days after the commission is set up.

According to the draft decision on the setting up of the parliamentary commission of inquiry, its objectives include: ascertaining the possible involvement of institutions and/or persons – other than those legally entitled – in the organising of the elections; ascertaining the potential extent of involvement of institutions and/or persons in the possible tampering of the result of the presidential elections; establishing the measures to be taken, including to notify competent authorities to verify the possible breaking of legal provisions at the time the presidential elections of 2009 were organised; verifying the legality of procuring the IT applications and/or services that the Central Electoral Office used to tally the results of the vote; verifying the correctness of the way the results of the vote were tallied; verifying the way in which the Special Telecommunications Service provided special telephony, voice and data communication services, as well as possible illegitimate interference with the electoral process.

Other objectives of the parliamentary commission of inquiry are: verifying the documents received from the Standing Electoral Authority and the Central Electoral Office in view of electronic archival services offered by the electronic archival service provider contracted; verifying the way ballots, control stamps, voting stamps as well as the rest of the materials required in the voting process were distributed by the Foreign Ministry to polling stations located abroad; verifying the way the results of the vote in polling stations abroad were secured and the way in which the information was relayed to the Central Electoral Office.

The findings, conclusions and proposals of the commission will be included in a final report that will be filed with the Joint Standing Bureaus of the Lower Chamber and the Senate within a period of 60 days after the commission is set up.

The commission will consist of 7 representatives from PSD, 3 from PNL, 2 from USR and 1 representative each from UDMR, ALDE and PMP.

The Joint Standing Bureaus of the Lower Chamber and the Senate have decided to put up for vote in the next joint plenary meeting a draft decision that sets up a commission of inquiry into the presidential elections of 2009. The vote will take place next Wednesday.

 

 Dragnea: PNL, USR and PMP opposed commission of inquiry into 2009 presidential elections; Parliament must find out the truth

 

Lower Chamber Speaker Liviu Dragnea stated on Thursday, at the Palace of Parliament, that PNL, USR and PMP opposed the draft decision on the setting up of a parliamentary commission of inquiry into the presidential elections of 2009, even though, in his opinion, the Legislative must try to bring the truth to light in this issue.

“The draft decision that will be sent to the plenum and that will be adopted – I hope – on Wednesday, April 26, has been approved today, after just 45 minutes of debate. PNL, USR and PMP made several observations, saying they would oppose this draft decision because it should be supplemented by several amendments or should be clearer. Some colleagues said that Parliament does not allegedly have the right to investigate these aspects that have already appeared in the media,” Liviu Dragnea added at the end of the Joint Standing Bureaus’ meeting.

The PSD President pointed out that Parliament has every right to investigate such cases, according to its Regulations and to constitutional provisions. “With this information appearing in the public space, Parliament can’t help but take note of this and try to bring to light the truth or at least part of the truth, in the hope that at least some of those who will be called before the committee will show up and if they do they will state everything they know,” the PSD leader added.

The Lower Chamber’s and the Senate’s Joint Standing Bureaus decided on Thursday to send to the joint plenum a draft decision that would set up a commission of inquiry that would investigate whether persons or institutions got illegally involved in organising and influencing the result of the presidential elections of 2009.

 

Raluca Turcan: Inquiry commission set up by PSD-ALDE-Basescu coalition is targeting the DNA Chief

 

PNL President Raluca Turcan believes that the setting up of a commission of inquiry into the presidential elections of 2009 is targeting DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, whom the Dragnea-Tariceanu-Basescu trio want to see replaced at the DNA’s helm.

Raluca Turcan claims that the real reason behind the setting up of the commission of inquiry is not the way the elections were organised and the potential unlawful interference on the part of some state institutions.

“Contrary to what PSD-ALDE presented, the real purpose of the commission of inquiry is not related to the alleged rigging of the presidential elections. This is only a pretext that the Dragnea-Tariceanu-Basescu trio is using, knowing full well that the Constitutional Court’s 2009 decision to validate the elections renders the finality of this commission nil. At that moment, PSD made special efforts to prove its fraud accusations and lamentably failed in presenting evidence,” Turcan said.

On the other hand, the PNL President pointed out that the Liberals will back the overture provided the parliamentary majority manages to present “concrete and conclusive elements” that would justify another investigation into this issue.

However, Raluca Turcan believes the commission’s purpose is completely different. “The anti-DNA coalition formed by the mentioned trio is planning for the activity of the commission of inquiry to target DNA Chief Laura Codruta Kovesi. Because they lack sufficient courage and justifiable elements to propose the setting up of such a commission of inquiry, formally, they preferred to turn into investigators of some elections that are a closed topic. (…) This is the real finality of PSD-ALDE-Basescu’s political overtures: intimidating and controlling the judiciary,” the PNL President concluded.

 

 Nicusor Dan: Standing Bureaus did not discuss whether commission of inquiry into 2009 presidential elections is good or not

 

USR President Nicusor Dan stated at a press conference on Thursday that the Save Romania Union (USR), PMP and PNL protested during the Joint Standing Bureaus meeting against the fact that the draft decision on the setting up of a parliamentary commission of inquiry into the 2009 presidential elections is a technical draft decision that contains 10 articles and they did not have sufficient time to study it. The Lower Chamber lawmaker pointed out that there was no discussion on the essence of the issue, on whether this commission is good or not.

“I attended the Standing Bureau meeting. There was a technical discussion. USR, PNL and PMP protested against the fact that Parliament’s draft decision arrived one minute before the debate. It’s a four-page draft, a technical draft with ten articles. None of us had the possibility to study it. What each of us demanded was for the political parties that did not see this draft to be given a period of a few days, for us to return to the Standing Bureau and to debate it, to send a coherent issue in Parliament, at the joint session of the Lower Chamber and Senate,” the leader of USR’s Lower Chamber lawmakers pointed out.

Nicusor Dan added that at the Joint Standing Bureaus’ meeting there was no discussion on the essence of the issue, on whether this commission is good or not.

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