Orepic: By mid August 50,000 falsely registered residents to be struck from register

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic on Friday claimed that about 50,000 falsely registered residents would be struck from the register by mid August and that this was a problem that none of the previous governments had "bothered to deal with," yet it was open to manipulation at elections.

Orepic said that by 26 July, after inspections had been conducted throughout the country, almost 11,000 people had been struck from the residence register and that by mid August that number could be about 50,000.

"This is a problem that both leftist and rightist governments were faced with but did not wish to resolve. This is a huge problem and can be abused in the election process. That must not be allowed," Orepic said.

After police found that there were 25,000 falsely registered residents in Zagreb, particularly from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic claimed that the law must be respected.

"Let people live where they want to. No-one is an excess in this city and everyone is welcome. I came to this city 42 years ago. I wasn't born in Zagreb, however, everyone has an equal opportunity," Bandic said.

Asked how it was possible that there were so many falsely registered residents, Bandic said that that was unacceptable, but that he has nothing to do with that, nor did he have any benefit from false registration of residency.

Last update: Fri, 29/07/2016 - 17:54

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