The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Colombia has launched an investigation into which current President Iván Duque is involved to determine whether the campaign that gave him access to power in 2018 has received irregular funding, in particular due to an alleged donation of a Venezuelan businessman.
The special investigation commission of the electoral body is responsible for this investigation, in which Duque also the leader of his election campaign, Luis Guillermo Echeverri Vélez, as well as the Democratic Center, to which the Colombian president belongs, are involved.
The judges will analyze whether Venezuelan businessman Oswaldo Cisneros made $ 300,000 in donations, as alleged in talks intercepted by prosecutors with people near Duque. As a first step, according to Caracol Radio, the CNE asked the Democratic Center for reports on the campaign.
Colombian regulations prohibit a candidate from receiving funding from abroad, despite the Democratic Center’s statement defending that it has always “acted in strict compliance with the law and with very strict controls on private income, credit, expenditure and investment “. “.
“Our accounts were duly approved, registered and certified by the electoral authority and could be publicly audited,” said the formation, according to Blu Radio. The party has promised to respond to any request for information from the CNE.