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Pargauja municipality’s authorities suspect votes were bought in Harmony’s favour

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUResidents of Pargauja municipality suspect votes were possibly bought in favour of Harmony in the recent Saeima elections.

Suspicions were raised after the opening of the ballot boxes: residents were shocked to find that more than 60 votes have been given to Harmony and more than 45 plusses in favour of deputy Ivars Zarins in a municipality where hardly anyone ever voted for Harmony in the past. Concerns over the possible buying of votes have been reported to Latvian Security Police, as reported by Latvijas Radio.

Stalbene resident Ilvars Balodis shows a video he recorded with his phone. The video shows buses and a large queue. It is possible that if these buses had parked somewhere in the centre of Cesis or Valmiera and the passengers had mingled with other voters, no one would have noticed them, because citizens are allowed to vote in any region of Latvia. However, residents became suspicious of this because no one can recall a time when election activity was so high in Stalbene. «We’ve never had queues of such size. It is not something we usually see,» – says one resident. Some people speculate those could have been tourists, because the Riga – Valmiera highway lies nearby.

According to Chairwoman of the 384 election site’s committee Ilze Krivašonoka, the most interesting part began once they opened the ballot boxes. «When we started looking we noticed the first candidate almost always had pluses – some were crossed out […] Usually only four, five or six people voted for these Russian parties here,» – she notes.

The transport company in Valmiera that rented the aforementioned busses has said the Security Police has already enquired about these tourists. Head of the company Oskars Spurdzins admits that the only information available is that the busses had been hired by SIA Rāmkalnu serviss for an excursion from Ramkalni to Cesis and back. However, it was noticed at the election site that the new arrivals were from Vidzeme. ‘There were people from Sigulda and Cesis,’ – says another resident of Stalbene.

It is confusing to think why residents of Cesis would need to go on an excursion to Cesis on the day of election.

When asked, the Chairman of SIA Rāmkalnu serviss Andis Jansons confirmed that there had been an excursion organized for employees on the day of elections. «There was an excursion. Wait, I don’t have to explain anything. We were on an excursion, and that is all,» – said Jansons, saying that there had been voting, but nothing suspicious was done.

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  1. Brian says:

    The Latvian Government needs to keep investigating all illegal activities carried out for the favor of Russia.

    All persons involved must be identified and prosecuted.

    Electoral fraud is only one aspect of their illegal activities.

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