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April 19, 2021
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Fresh charges in ‘Referendum’ case

24 suspects, including 18 presidents of Olt County voting section, are targeted by criminal probes

The prosecutors of the High Court of Cassation and Justice started yesterday criminal probes against 24 suspects, including 18 presidents of voting sections from Olt County, under the accusation of frauds during the referendum for the impeachment of the president of Romania. According to Mediafax, the 24 are suspected of using various methods for casting more ballots, in addition to those cast by voters, by forging mentions on permanent and supplementary lists, which resulted in multiple voting, i.e. in cases of electoral fraud. For example, between 10 and 78 situations of voting fraud were identified (per section) in the 18 voting sections whose presidents are suspect in the aforementioned probe; the cases usually consisted in forging the signatures – on permanent or supplementary lists – of people that were absent from the country, locality, were deceased, or simply did not come to vote. As for the other suspects, they are probed for leading people to various voting sections, in order to vote several times, and for voting several times themselves.At the beginning of the month, the National Anticorruption Directorate launched a criminal probe against 67 people accused of fraud during the referendum of July 29, 2012. Out of the lot, 49 are presidents and members of voting sections located in the counties of Teleorman, Vrancea and Gorj. They are accused of complicity to faking the documents of electoral bureaux and casting a supplementary number of ballots, in addition to those cast by voters. On August 28, the Public Ministry announced that three presidents of voting sections from Drobeta Turnu Severin, Orsova and Garla Mare were charged by the prosecutors of the High Court of Cassation and Justice in the file concerning the frauds committed during referendum, as the highest number of irregularities were found in the Mehedinti County.

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