Government distributed money allocated to post-quake funds on last week of campaign, claims DP

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The Democratic Party is accusing the government of persuading voters to vote for the Socialist Party by distributing money that had been allocated to the post-earthquake reconstruction fund.

In a press conference, Oerd Bykykbashi said that Prime Minister Edi Rama, together with various regional municipal authorities, allotted €40 million two days ahead of the parliamentary polls.

“Edi Rama, in cooperation with his appointees in Durres, Tirana, Kavaja, Kamza, Lezha, Rrogozhina, Vora, Kruja, Laci, and Mirdita gave €40 million two days before the elections”, claimed Bylykbashi.

In addition, he said that the Municipality of Durres gave €6 million to families whose houses were damaged by the earthquake “89 times more than what has been distributed in the last 15 months”.

“During March, the municipalities controlled by Rama disbursed €14 million to families living in these areas. €26 million more were paid to other citizens’ bank accounts in April. Only during election week, the Municipality of Durres gave €6 million for the reconstruction process, 89 times more than in past 15 months”, Bylykbashi said.

The former lawmaker of the Democratic Party said that the Electoral Code strictly prohibits the government to influence voter orientation by using public funds four months prior to the elections.

“The Electoral Code prohibits the government from being involved in these influencing activities by using public funds during the last 4 months ahead of the polls”, he added.

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