Abel: Police Dealing with Eight Cases of Election Corruption

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Police Corps vice-president Lubomir Abel. (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, November 4 (TASR) – The National Crime Agency (NAKA), an elite body of the Slovak police, is carrying out eight sets of criminal proceedings over the suspicion of election corruption, said Police Corps vice-president Lubomir Abel at a press briefing on the sidelines of a meeting of the State Electoral Commission on Saturday.

Abel wasn’t specific about individual cases, stating that more details will be released in the next few days. The police have received 27 complaints concerning the regional elections taking place on Saturday, but 19 cases have been evaluated as mere misdemeanours.
The police vice-president reported to the State Electoral Commission that the elections have been taking place in a calm atmosphere.

More than 7,000 police officers have been deployed throughout the country to ensure order. Meanwhile, police specialists set out even before the elections, visiting socially excluded communities in order to run a campaign aimed at preventing “any attempts at election corruption and unfair elections”, said Abel, adding that a relatively higher number of officers has been dispatched to high-risk areas.

“In places, where the situation didn’t require it, there are only as many patrols as are needed to ensure undisturbed elections and convenience for the voters,” added Abel.