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Corruption watchdog receives word of possible pre-election promotion violations

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has received the first report on possible violations of pre-election promotion regulations. No comments are provided in regarded to possible inspections.

CPCB explain that the bureau has yet to compile similar reports regarding possible pre-election promotion violations. Nevertheless, as of 25 June the newly-created ‘Ziņo KNAB!’ mobile application received 73 notifications about possible violations of pre-election promotion regulations.

Ever since the beginning of the pre-election promotional period at the beginning of June, CPCB has been checking information regarding possible violations associated with pre-election promotion, including so-called hidden promotion and misuse of administrative resources. The bureau also closely follows political parties’ pre-election activities and budget spending.

Upon discovering signs of violations, CPCB performs an inspection. If a violation is confirmed, those responsible are punished.

CPCB does not provide any information regarding any ongoing inspections.

9 June marked the beginning of the 120 days-long pre-election promotional period before this autumn’s 13th Saeima elections.

The pre-election promotional period will last from 9 June to 6 October. Candidate submission for 13th Saeima elections will be allowed from 18 July to 7 August. Candidate lists are to be submitted to the Central Election Commission.

The permitted volume of election expenditures for self-promotion is EUR 533,347. An individual not associated with any party may use funds that do not exceed EUR 6,450.

The law makes it a duty for parties to keep track of and report all election expenditures that formed in the 120-day period up until Election Day regardless of the day when payments were performed. If a deputy candidate organizes an individual pre-election promotional campaign, money spent on the campaign will be added to their party’s pre-election expenditures.

No promotional materials are permitted on Election Day and the day prior. One exception is publication of announcements of candidates’ meetings with voters.

Use of administrative resources for pre-election promotion is strictly prohibited.


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