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October 21, 2021

Cabinet takes measures to stop electoral bribes

The Executive passed an executive decree to prevent the buying of votes, as well as the abuses of law enforcement institutions.

The candidates in the December 9 parliamentary elections may no longer give voters, food, drinks or tobacco products, and are allowed to give non-food products worth a maximum RON 10 per unit and electoral propaganda items like calendars, pens, lighters, DVDs, T-shirts, bags and gloves imprinted with electoral logos. The new rule was enforced by the Executive by an Emergency Ordinance adopted yesterday, during a meeting of the cabinet, the minister of Interior, Mircea Dusa announced. According to the minister, acting legislation rules that “attempts, promises and giving money and consumer goods with the purpose of determining voters to cast their ballot one way or another” are punished with prison terms between six months and five years, with the only exceptions being “the items with a symbolic character.”PM Victor Ponta explained that the government’s decision to cap at RON 10 the value of objects that may be offered to voters during the campaign may prevent the purchasing of votes, as well as the abuses of law enforcement institutions, like those committed after the referendum for the impeachment of President Traian Basescu. “The law (OUG) clearly stipulates that one may not offer food goods, drinks and items of significant value, and one may give during the electoral campaign only those items bearing logos of candidates and parties they represent, included on a fixed list (…),” Ponta said in the beginning of the government meeting, quoted by Mediafax.On the other hand, the premier explained that the court cases against three chiefs of voting sections accused of casting 500 ballots sends into the ridicule those who spoke about problems during the referendum. “From two million frauds, they dropped to 50,000, then to three chiefs of sections from Mehedinti, which have 500 additional votes.


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