The Klaipėda District Prosecutor’s Office together with Tauragė County Police Chiefs completed an investigation in 8 days for obstructing election or referendum law and presented the case to the Šilutė District Court, delfi.lt reported on 19 October.
The suspicious acting group was seeking to bribe voters to vote in favor of one party or two parties from the Šilutė-Pagėgiai district election 32 balloted candidates; charged were 48 year old A.V. of Šilutė and his 46 year old countryman N. Ž.
The pre-trial investigation revealed that on October 10 in that district during early voting the suspects promised to pay four citizens 15 litas each, showing them pre-printed ballot copies, describing how it should be done. The voters, agreeing to vote for the money, were transported by car to the polling place – in the Šilutė area municipality, but did not receive the promised money after voting because it was prevented by an unexpected appearance of police officers at the settlement location.
The law states that anyone who uses mental coercion or bribery or fraud that prevents a person from realizing their right to elect and be elected, or participate in the referendum shall be punished by community service or by a fine, or by restriction of liberty, or by arrest, or by imprisonment for up to three years.
Translated by Vytas Radze