Pavel Postica: It is second penalty imposed on this electoral contender

The vice president of the Central Election Commission Pavel Postica said the electoral institution only ascertained the irregularities committed by the electoral contender Marina Tauber and sent to court the relevant evidence. It is the court that will decide whether the contender will be excluded from the race as a punishment or not. Marina Tauber earlier violated the electoral legislation by not declaring the funds used in the campaign and then CEC only warned her, IPN reports.

CEC vice president Pavel Postica said this is the second time during the campaign that precedes the mayoral elections in the municipality of Bălți that electoral contestant Marina Tauber broke the same provisions of the electoral legislation by using undeclared funds in the campaign, which can lead to the annulment of the registration of the contender.

“Before the first round of voting, CEC determined that undeclared funds were used through intermediaries to place advertising billboards in the municipality of Bălți. We were more tolerant then and imposed a penalty in the form of warning only,” Pavel Postica stated in the talk show “Black Box” on TV8 channel.

Pavel Postica said the police and a business entity possess evidence that the campaign team of Marina Tauber contracted catering services for her sympathizers and campaigners who were brought from different localities of Moldova and were accommodated at a hotel, being served food there in a centralized way. She declared the incurred costs only partially. The business entity said the brought lunches came to over 150,000 lei, while the election runner declared that she paid hotel accommodation for minimum 20 persons.

The Bălți Court today is to examine the Central Election Commission’s request to exclude Marina Tauber from the race for the mayoralty of Bălți municipality. If the court decides to exclude Tauber from the race, the runoff vote on December 5 will involve independent candidate  Nicolai Grigorishin and PAS representative Boris Marcoci.

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