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Libertas censured by standards commision

by Colman Sat Mar 14th, 2009 at 04:49:55 AM EST

The Irish Standards in Public Office commission reported today that Libertas failed to co-operate with their report on the running of the Lisbon referendum, according to the Irish Times:

In September Mr Ganley disclosed that he gave a personal loan of €200,000 to help fund the Libertas campaign against the Lisbon treaty.

The Standards Commission wrote to Libertas on June 19th, 2008 seeking details of any loans provided to it from a financial institution or other person for the purposes of funding its referendum campaign.

Mr Ganley replied August 13th confirming that Libertas had received a personal loan from him "in respect of which a detailed legal agreement and repayment plan in accordance with commercial lending norms" had been agreed. Sipo wrote again to Mr Ganley on August 22nd and requested a copy of the legal agreement and repayment plan for the loan. “In spite of subsequent correspondence with Mr Ganley and his legal representatives, the information requested by the Standards Commission has not been provided by Libertas at the time of writing this report,” the report said.

Sipo said it had engaged in further correspondence with Libertas on the suggestion that employees of Mr Ganley’s Rivada Networks Ltd may have been paid by that company while working for Libertas on its referendum campaign. Libertas confirmed that Rivada employees "who worked on the Libertas project did so in their spare time and on a voluntary basis”, the report found but the group had failed to provide further details sought in a letter writing by Sipo last September.

Unfortunately, it seems that third parties are not currently required by law to co-operate with SIPO. I rather expect that to be changed shortly.

Part of our continuing coverage of the 2009 European elections

I note that they have thus far failed to order ballots for the swedish part of the EP elections.

Succeeded in ordering ballots has the 11 parties that I suspected would run and 5 more parties (including the "666 for an EU Super-State with Project 666" with one candidate and a psykedelic homepage).

If you order before the 13th of march (that is yesterday) you have a guarantee that they will be delivered at least 45 days before the election date. Otherwise there is no guarantee at all. So any serious party orders before that date. Before I gloat to much I should note that there might be a slight lag in the election authorities updates, so it is a sure thing that Libertas failed.

The complete list so far:
Valsedlar - Val 2009

Links go to nothing more exicting then the list of candidates.

Sweden's finest (and perhaps only) collaborative, leftist e-newspaper Synapze.se

by A swedish kind of death on Sat Mar 14th, 2009 at 11:37:17 AM EST
Some good info available through the various links.  Thank you.

I do note my discovery of some familiar names who claim, "Jag bloggar om EU."  Including one woman from GB who wrote, "I will write about the election and campaigns at the local invalidity" -- at least that's how the Google Language Tools translated "jag kommer att skriva om valet och kampanjer pa lokal inva."  (I'm suspicious of a possible inaccuracy in the translation.  :-)

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Mar 14th, 2009 at 03:09:37 PM EST
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Fairly good translation, though she misspelled "nivå" which means level. So "I will write about the election and campaigns at the local level" is a better translation of the intended text. :)

Sweden's finest (and perhaps only) collaborative, leftist e-newspaper Synapze.se
by A swedish kind of death on Sat Mar 14th, 2009 at 03:17:26 PM EST
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Will be interesting to see how well the Pirate Party does after this whole free PR with the trial.

"If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles." Sun Tzu
by Turambar (sersguenda at hotmail com) on Sun Mar 15th, 2009 at 05:17:54 AM EST
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Up to now votes for Europeans are possible: http://www.we-change-europe.eu
The EU does not give its citizens a voice. The Europe needs Initiative association recognizes this as a threat to the Union's future. "We Change Europe" are convinced that it is time to take initiative and to invigorate the concept of a European Citizens' Democracy.

"We Change Europe" wants to offer the opportunity of getting involved into the process of political decisions made in the EU. Therefore they created an E-Voting tool and the possibility to promote political aims in form of paneuropean initiatives.

Topics, Europeans vote for:
The Europeans are enlarging their Union.
The Europeans elect their President.

by BeaC (bea.c75@web.de) on Tue Mar 17th, 2009 at 07:04:44 AM EST
Surely you are not proposing that e-voting be used for any legally binding votes?

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Mar 17th, 2009 at 09:14:29 AM EST
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