Deputy Prosecutor General Jorma Kalske says that consideration of charges in connection with suspicions of widespread violations of election campaign funding regulations should be complete in the spring.
There have been concerns that a high-profile judicial process on irregularities might overshadow the upcoming Parliamentary elections.
Interviewed by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE), Kalske said that the elections have no bearing on the timing of criminal processes. He said in the interview that decisions on whether or not to prosecute in the matter could even be made on the week of the elections.
Currently six present or former Members of Parliament, including former Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen are targets of a probe on possible improprieties in election funding.