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Roma chieftain detained for selling EP votes

THE POLICE, in cooperation with the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, have detained a local chieftain of Roma from Dunajská Streda district and his accomplice who were trying to sell the votes of Roma for the specific candidates running in the European Parliament elections. He reportedly asked for money from one member of SaS, the TASR newswire reported on April 10.

THE POLICE, in cooperation with the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, have detained a local chieftain of Roma from Dunajská Streda district and his accomplice who were trying to sell the votes of Roma for the specific candidates running in the European Parliament elections. He reportedly asked for money from one member of SaS, the TASR newswire reported on April 10.

The investigator has charged two people with election corruption: a 54-year-old Štefan F. and 31-year-old Slávka F. If found guilty, they will spend up to one year in prison.

The Roma chieftain was to meet with Jana Cigániková, member of SaS, on April 1. According to the police, he was asking her for at least €16,000 for securing some 5,500 votes from Dunajská Streda district for the SaS.

The police caught the two detained during their meeting with Cigániková in Veľký Meder on April 8, where they accepted a bribe at €5,000.

Cigániková did not reveal any other details, except for the price for the votes, saying that she does not want to mar the ongoing investigation.

Ľubomír Galko of SaS appreciated the work of police. He said he is pleased that “we have huge amount of honest and hard-working police officers”. He also called on people to vote with the open eyes and report any attempts for election corruption, as reported by TASR.

Source: TASR

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