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Inquiry Committee for Electoral Frauds calls the IntMin and ForMin for hearings

The Parliament’s Inquiry Committee for Investigating the Possible Irregularities and Frauds Reported in the Public Space during the Electoral Process Conducted at the Elections of May 26 approved the list of the institutions to be called for hearings, including the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP), the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs (MAE) and the Special Telecommunications Service (STS).

The Parliament’s Inquiry Committee for Investigating the Possible Irregularities and Frauds Reported in the Public Space during the Electoral Process Conducted at the Elections of May 26, 2019, approved, during the Monday’s meeting, the list of the institutions to be called for hearings: The Romanian Government, the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP), the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC), Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs (MAE), the Special Telecommunications Service (STS), the National Institute of Statistics, the People’s Record and Database Administration Directorate, other authorities, central or local public institutions that can provide necessary information in order to form an objective opinion on how the electoral process was organized and conducted.

The Committee’s Chairperson, Lia Olguta Vasilescu, stated at the meeting that she will send a request for all the institutions, asking them not to destroy documents or software related to the elections of May 26.

“I’d like to send a letter to all the other nominated institutions, in order not to destroy any kind of documents and software or anything else they have, related to the elections of May 26, until the end of the investigation conducted by this inquiry committee, mentioned in a report that will be approved or not by the Romanian Parliament”, Vasilescu stated on Monday.

The objectives announced by the parliament’s Committee are: checking the veracity of the information circulated in the public space regarding the irregularities on the functioning of SIMPV – the Computer System for Monitoring the Turnout; the number of Romanian citizens having the right to vote; the possible discrepancies between the minutes mentioning the final results per each polling station and at the level of the county electoral bureaus (BEJ); the possible discrepancies between the number of voters and the number of ballots used; checking the information regarding a possible excessive use of the additional lists; checking the manner in which the elections have been organized and conducted; requesting the competent authorities to provide information on the number and nature of certain criminal deeds reported in relation to the electoral process; identifying legislative, administrative or technical solutions that are likely to improve the conduct of the electoral process.

The Parliament’s committee heard on Monday the political scientist Ionut Apahideanu and mathematician Dan Selaru, who presented a document related to irregularities occurred at the EP elections of May 26. They presented charts showing a large turnout on additional lists in small localities in Romania, which are not tourist attractions.

On Tuesday, the Interior Minister and Foreign Minister or representatives of these institutions will be heard.

The joint plenum of the Deputies’ Chamber and the Senate adopted on June 26 the establishment of the Parliament’s Inquiry Committee for Investigating the Possible Irregularities and Frauds Reported in the Public Space during the Electoral Process Conducted at the Elections of May 26, 2019.

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