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Prosecutor General announces investigations into organization of presidential elections abroad

Prosecutor General of Romania, Tiberiu Nitu announced on Thursday that inquiries have been launched into the organization of the presidential elections abroad, stating this was the result of numerous notifications.He explained at the headquarters of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM), that a criminal investigation was initiated into the criminal offense of preventing citizens from exercising their right to vote, laid down in Article 385 of the Criminal Code.



The notifications regard the ministers who were in charge of organizing the presidential elections, according to the petitioners.

"There have been many notifications filed by different people. (...) An inquiry has been already launched, into the criminal offence of preventing people from exercising their right to vote, as laid down in Article 385 of the Criminal Code. The notifications are against the ministers of those who were in charge of organizing the elections, according to the petitioners," said Nitu, adding that numerous notifications were submitted as early as the first round.

The Prosecutor General said the notifications were filed by various institutions, but the majority were submitted via email by individuals, from the Diaspora included.

He pointed out he cannot reveal the number of these notifications, and neither give a deadline for the first results of the inquiry, because the prosecutor in question will draw up a timetable and an investigation plan.

When asked if the current law allowed the setting up of more polling stations, Tiberiu Nitu underscored that legally speaking the prosecutor will say if the law was violated or not.



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