The Intelligence and Security Service Warns the Electoral Commission about Foreign Interference in the Election Campaign
The Intelligence and Security Service addressed the Central Electoral Commission, after on June 17, the leader of the Alliance for the Union of Romanians party, Vlad Bilețchi, declared at a press conference that there are Romanian citizens in the electoral staff of their party who provide consulting and expert services in the field of the electoral campaign, things not reported in the financing of the campaign.
“There is a reasonable suspicion of the interference of external forces with the internal affairs of the state, regarding disguised material support of the Alliance for the Union of Romanians party, as well as the involvement of foreign citizens in preparing information for electoral agitation,” it is shown in the Intelligence and Security Service letter.
“The letter that the Intelligence and Security Service addressed to the Central Electoral Commission, in which it said that I know and have information that we would be supported from the outside is a fake, a lie. We did not see the letter. The Intelligence and Security Service sent an unpublished secret letter to the Central Electoral Commission. The action is to exclude us from the electoral race,” stated the party leader Vlad Bilețchi for ZdG.
Representatives of the Alliance for the Union of Romanians will protest at the headquarters of the Intelligence and Security Service until they will receive a response from the institution, the party leader Vlad Bilețchi said for ZdG.
“We are protesting at the Intelligence and Security Service because the institution is spying on us illegally, is trying to infiltrate people into our party illegally. If we were to talk about a legal way, they should have opened a criminal case with measures authorized by prosecutors,” said Vlad Bilețchi.
The Intelligence and Security Service informed the Central Electoral Commission about the “consulting and expert services provided by foreign citizens to the electoral competitor Alliance for the Union of Romanians”, a thing not prohibited by legal provisions, the president of the Central Electoral Commission replied to the Intelligence and Security Service director.
“Regarding the finding that the money spent on consultancy services and campaign expertise provided by foreign experts were not reflected in the report on financing the election campaign, as well as the reasonable suspicions of alleged external funding, we note that the electoral competitors are obliged to present the Central Electoral Commission with weekly reports on accumulated funds and the expenses made in the electoral campaign. At the moment, from the information contained in the presented financial reports, we cannot deduce that the electoral competitor the Alliance for the Union of Romanians used funds from abroad,” it is shown in the letter addressed by the Central Electoral Commission to the Intelligence and Security Service director.
The Intelligence and Security Service claims that, as an institution with responsibilities in the field of national security, it focuses on events with the potential to generate security risks and hands its observations to the further responsible institutions.
“The Intelligence and Security Service does not monitor political parties, but the correctness of their actions in order to identify and exclude any interference and external influences on democratic processes in Moldova. Our actions are in strict accordance with the legal framework governing the activity of the special service,” claim responsibilities within the institutions.