BEC rules in favour of PNL in fight with PSD over using USL denomination in campaigns

“I publicly urge all local state representatives not to play games with the law and BEC’s decisions, which are mandatory for everyone, including the esteemed representatives of PSD,” says PNL Deputy Alina Gorgiu.

The Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) has issued 17 decisions on using of the Social Liberal Union (USL) denomination by PSD-UNPR-PC in campaign banners, all in favor of the Liberals. In other words, BEC has rejected PSD’s appeals against county electoral bureau decisions issued in favor of PNL in the Fifth District of Bucharest, Iasi, Mehedinti, Neamt, Arges, and Timis. BEC has also invalidated several county electoral bureaus’ rejection of appeals filed by the Liberals in Vaslui, Olt, Arad, Botosani, Ilfov, Valcea, Brasov, Alba, Caras-Severin, Hunedoara, and Dambovita. All of BEC’s rulings indicate that the PSD-UNPR-PC alliance broke the fair campaigning legislation by using the USL acronym in electoral propaganda materials. Consequently, the Bureau has asked mayors of the counties in question to remove electoral banners containing this denomination. “(…) BEC’s decision is mandatory for 16 counties and one district in Bucharest, which means the mayors and other local authorities, namely the police and ADP, must take down all banners which contain the name of the Social Liberal Union and refrain from using the acronym in further campaign materials,” Alina Gorgiu stated according to Mediafax. If mayors fail to uphold the law and BEC’s decisions, the Liberals will file a complaint against them, she warned.
Catalin Ivan, PSD spokesperson, argued that the Social Democrats will find a different way to express the exact same message if they are forced to change their slogan, ‘USL is alive,’ following the decisions issued by BEC.
The PSD leadership in Arad has announced it has taken BEC’s decision concerning the USL logo into account and will no longer use it in its campaign, but claimed that PSD is still allowed to “evoke” the alliance as the party continues to implement USL’s agenda. On the other side of the fence, PNL Arad seems satisfied with BEC’s decision and party officials have stated in a press release issued yesterday that “the population will no longer be fooled into believing USL is alive.” “The admission of the appeal proves once more that USL no longer exists, no matter how hard some people try to mislead citizens.”

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