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Czech Police charge more people with vote-buying

Most district/Teplice district, 3.12.2014 22:58, (ROMEA)
On 10 October 2014 the electoral commission in the Mojžíř quarter of Ústí nad Labem reported an attempt to influence the elections by buying the votes of socially vulnerable citizens for CZK 200 to favor the Civic Democratic Party (ODS). This photo shows the polling place at precinct 2016 in Mojžíř, where the purchased votes are said to have been cast. (PHOTO:  ČTK)
On 10 October 2014 the electoral commission in the Mojžíř quarter of Ústí nad Labem reported an attempt to influence the elections by buying the votes of socially vulnerable citizens for CZK 200 to favor the Civic Democratic Party (ODS). This photo shows the polling place at precinct 2016 in Mojžíř, where the purchased votes are said to have been cast. (PHOTO: ČTK)

News server iDNES.cz reports that the Czech Police are prosecuting two more men for vote-buying in northern Bohemia. A total of four people have been charged with the crime, one of whom has already been sentenced by the court.

That may not be the final number of those involved. Police have most recently charged a 22-year-old man from the Teplice area and a middle-aged man from the Most area.

One of the men allegedly offered CZK 200 per vote to residents of the Janov housing estate in the town of Litvínov. A Romani party was held in a local club there on the first day of voting.

In two of the precincts covering the housing estate, the Czech Social Democratic Party enjoyed significant electoral success. The party won 47.2 % and 58.28 % of the vote respectively, while its overall result for the town of Litvínov was just 13.66 %.

The other man is charged with vote-buying in the town of Malé Březno (Most district). The prosection of a 50-year-old man from the town of Lovosice who ran as a candidate for the "FOR Health and Sport" movement in the Ústí Region has already resulted in a verdict that has taken effect.

The court put him on probation for nine months for having offered between CZK 200 and CZK 1 000 to people living in a residential hotel on Nádražní Street to vote for him. He was not ultimately elected to the town council and his colleagues have distanced themselves from him.

iDNES.cz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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