Campaign for European Parliament elections kicked off


Ponta: I will run for President if PSD, UNPR, PC believe I am the solution. Basescu: ‘If I find that parties do not get involved in debates on stake of Euro-parliamentary election, I am going to explain it’. ‘I am kindly asking parties to keep in mind the penalties for campaign funding violations’.

The political competitors kicked off the electoral campaign for the May 25 European Parliament elections on Friday, in which 15 parties and alliances, as well as 8 independent candidates, are competing for the 32 seats of MEPs. Internal Affairs Minister, Vice Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea announced that over 18,500 polling stations will be organized for the Euro-parliamentary elections. 18,812,393 Romanians are entitled to vote.
n PSD-UNPR-PC alliance launched its candidates on Saturday, at Romexpo, in the presence of  the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz. With this occasion, national leader of the PSD, Prime Minister Victor Ponta, said that he will run for Romania’s President if his colleagues in the electoral alliance will believe he is the best suited candidate.

President Traian Basescu on Friday presented several subjects that might be approached by parties during the campaign for the Euro parliamentary election and added that if he found that political groups did not get involved in debates on the stake of the election for the EP, he would try to explain to them elements he is acquainted with in this respect.

Basescu also called on the political parties to keep in mind Law 78/2000 establishing penalties for electoral campaign funding violations, insisting that the state institutions will carefully watch in an attempt to reduce black money to a minimum.

National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman Crin Antonescu, in Brasov on Saturday, reiterated that in case the Liberals obtained under 20 percent in the European elections he would resign from office, underscoring that, unlike former Liberal leader Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, who ‘became a butler in Sarbu House,’ he, personally, assumed the result of the election battles.

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