Six Molise officials probed for electoral tampering

Thirty fake signatures in 2013 gubernatorial election

Six Molise officials probed for electoral tampering

Campobasso, November 28 - Prosecutors in the Molise city of Campobasso said Monday they wrapped up an electoral tampering investigation against six local public officials on suspicion of falsely authenticating 30 citizen signatures in support of various candidacies in 2013 gubernatorial elections. They requested indictments against Campobasso City Council President Michele Durante and Santa Croce di Magliano Mayor Donato D'Ambrosio. The other four suspects were notified of the end of the investigation, in Italy usually a prelude to indictment. They were named as Campobasso city cabinet member Salvatore Colagiovanni and mayors Luciano Di Biase (Mirabello Sannitico), Antonio Cerio (Ferrazzano) and Franco Antenucci (Roccavivara). Investigators say nine of the fake signatures were placed on Democrats for Molise and Fare Molise civic lists, both in support of gubernatorial candidate Massimo Romano, who hails from the centrist, anti-corruption Italy of Values (IdV) party. Another four were used on a list called Rialzati Molise (Get Up Molise), one appeared on a Left, Ecology and Freedom (SEL) party list and another on a center-left Democratic Party (PD) list, all of which backed current center-left Governor Paolo Frattura). Five went on a list called The Right and another five were used on a list called Great South, both backing center-right gubernatorial candidate Michele Iorio. A further five faked signatures were used on a list called Samnite Warrior, which didn't make it into the electoral the race.

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