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Corruption watchdog ends case about Bi-2 concert in Riga

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCorruption Prevention and Combating Bureau ended in May the case regarding possible misuse of administrative resources on pre-election promotion by Riga City Council in the form of a free Bi-2 concert in Lucavsala.

The definition provided in the Law on Pre-election Campaign states that a pre-election campaign is the advertising of any political organisation, association of political organisations, voters association or any deputy candidate in mass media or otherwise if it contains a direct or indirect invitation to vote for or against any political organisation, association of political organisations, voters association or any deputy candidate, as explained by CPCB.

No evidence was found to support the claim that the organization of the concert and its realization included any pre-election promotion. Party members were not seen talking with members of the audience, no promotional pamphlets were handed and no political slogans or candidates were being promoted during the concert. The bureau also notes that there was no indirect political promotion either.

This means there is no reason to believe Riga’s Tourism Development Office had acted in the interest of any political party when organizing the concert.

CPCB also points that at the beginning of May, an announcement was posted on RTDO website, stating that the summer season in Lucavsala would open with a concert by British pop-rock start James Arthur, as well as Intars Busulis and Carnival Youth.

The concert took place 25 May and was also free of charge. This means there is no reason to question information that the 27 May 2017 concert was the first but not the only one to have taken place after completion of Lucavsala landscaping. Seasonal opening concerts are organized there every year.

Although there are signs of pre-election promotion, a concert cannot be considered part of a pre-election campaign. In addition, no evidence was found to suggest RTDO officials had the intention of performing promotion using municipality’s resources.

Last year’s concert by Bi-2 was attended by approximately 35,000 people. The concert was organized by RTDO and cost EUR 203,538. SIA MAK Entertainment won the procurement project for the concert’s organization.

KPV LV member Artuss Kaimiņš was to one who asked CPCB to check if the concert is not part of a pre-election campaign. In his application, he said that 70% of RTDO is owned by Riga City Council. The politician questioned as to whether or not it was the office that had to foot the bill for the concert. Kaimiņš said it is possible Riga City Council had paid for the concert using taxpayer money.


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