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CPCB fines five parties for violations during EP elections

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has applied fines to five political parties for violations committed during the European Parliament elections in 2014.

Following a close inspection of declarations submitted by political parties, authorities have uncovered that five of them and their subsidiaries had not complied with rules of compiling declarations and provided untrue information in their submitted documents. According to specialists, political parties had not declared a total of EUR 36,670.83 worth of funds.

Alternative political party had accepted donations from a private person in amounts that exceed the allowed limit for political donations by EUR 27,600. This party had also «forgotten» to mention costs of presentation materials worth a total of EUR 28,000 and donations worth another EUR 28,000. CPCB has applied a fine of EUR 2,700 for this.

The Union of Greens and Farmers had provided untrue information in its declaration as well. The party did not provide information about postal expenses worth EUR 7,531.04, internet advertisement worth EUR 88.65 and manufacture of pamphlets worth EUR 726. The party had also failed to comply with declaration requirements: submitted information regarding expenses unrelated to EP elections. UGF has been fined EUR 100.

A fine of EUR 50 has been applied to Latvian Regional Alliance for not stating postal expenses of EUR 250 and not providing announcements regarding pre-election campaign activities.

Latvian Rebirth Party and Latvian Social Democratic Workers’ Party have been fined EUR 10 each.

During the 120-day-period of pre-election campaign in 2014, Latvian authorities checked information regarding political parties and a total of 857 donations to them worth a total of EUR 1,397,909.

Two out of fourteen political parties that participated in EP elections did not submit their declarations. For failure to comply with the law, Sovereignty party has been fined EUR 40. The party For Presidential Republic was given a verbal warning.

CPCB had also received 51 complaints regarding potential violations during pre-election campaign and failure to comply with regulations that govern financial activities of political parties.


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