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IPP demands investigation over electoral software

The Public Policies Institute (IPP) asked the prosecutor’s office of the Bucharest Sector 3 Tribunal to take notice about a potential crime of abuse in office against the public interest, committed by the employees of the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP) with regard to the purchase of a software program, IPP writes in a press release issued Thursday. The employees of AEP succeeded the ‘performance’ of launching the procedure for the acquisition of a package of software programs for the centralization of the elections’ results, which they already owned since 2007, and that they committed to purchase now four times more than it had cost two years ago, writes the release.

IPP also urged PM Emil Boc to sack “the vicepresident in charge with this acquisition, Marian Muhulet, thus sending a signal that he truly cares about public money.” IPP considers that, against the background of the current crisis, it is imperatively necessary to have a process of objective and responsible evaluation of how opportune are the acquisitions made by all public institutions, as it is well-known that they are a rich source of income for many companies that developed in time a very close collaboration with state authorities.

“AEP requested and obtained from the budget over a million euros to acquire this software package, even though the software used for centralizing the results of the 2007 European ballot can be also used today, with minimal modifications,” IPP pointed out.

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