Portuguese Socialist Party calls for investigation of Macau Civil Servants Association


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The Portuguese Socialist Party (PS) has filed a complaint against the Association of Civil Servants of Macao (ATFPM) for alleged “abnormal situations” linked to the sending of votes by mail for the October parliamentary elections in Portugal.

The participation, signed by the president of the constituency of the party outside Europe, Paulo Pisco, was transmitted Monday to the National Electoral Commission and calls for “the opening of an investigation to find out the facts”.

According to the letter, to which Lusa had access, the Macau PS learned that “the ATFPM is contacting potential voters in the Portuguese legislative elections (…) to help in the process and to direct the votes by mail to Portugal” .

“The local PS was approached by a number of people who said they had received calls and to whom interlocutors, claiming to speak on behalf of the ATFPM, said they could bring letters with ballots. vote at ATFPM headquarters, that they took care of everything, which, of course, could undermine the confidentiality and personality of the vote, ”he said.

Paulo Pisco added that in some cases “the telephone calls will have been made in the Chinese language, which would indicate an attempt to take advantage of the good faith of those who, being holders of Portuguese nationality, have already lost their linguistic link with Portugal. . ”.

The list representative, headed by Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva, also noted that the ATFPM “receives grants from the Macao SAR government” and that the “presidents of the General Assembly and the leadership General are also advisers to the Portuguese communities in Macao ”, referring respectively to Rita Santos and the legislator José Pereira Coutinho.

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