EP candidates at the starting line


The Central Electoral Bureau has finalized the EP candidacies, the elections campaign for the May 25 elections set to officially start this week.

The candidates for one of Romania’s 32 seats within the European Parliament have overcome the first hurdle – finalizing their candidacies – after the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) announced that 15 parties or alliances and 8 independent candidates will enter the race for the May 25 elections. Thus, the candidacies registered by the following parties were validated: the PSD-UNPR-PC electoral alliance, PNL, UDMR, PDL, PP-DD, PMP, PNTCD, Civic Force, the Socialist Alternative Party and the National Farmers’ Alliance. Likewise, BEC validated the PRM candidacies registered by Vadim Tudor, not those registered on behalf of PRM by Gheorghe Funar. The list of independent candidates validated by BEC includes: Mircea Diaconu, Corina Ungureanu, Danut Liga, Pericle Iulian Capsali, Paul Purea, Peter Costea, Constantin Filip Titian, Valentin Daeanu.
At the same time, BEC chose, through a draw, the parties’ and independent candidates’ order on the ballot. Thus, PDL will be first on the ballot, followed by PMP, UDMR, the PSD-UNPR-PC alliance, PNL and PRM. In the second stage, the draw focused on the parties that have no representatives within the EP, and as a result the seventh position on the ballot will be held by the National Farmers’ Alliance, followed by PDS, New Republic, the Green Party, the Civic Force, PER, the Socialists Alternative Party, PNTCD and PP-DD.
“Exotic” candidacies
Apart from the candidates that open the lists of the main parties, candidates whose names no longer require any presentation, evz.ro writes about the “exotic” candidacies, including that of journalist Radu Moraru, a television show producer on Nasul TV, who opens the list of the Ecologist Party. Dan Diaconescu, the founder of PP-DD, will open that party’s list in the EP elections. It remains to be seen whether Diaconescu, who has sought refuge at the Vatican, will come to Romania for the campaign or whether he will run from afar. Iulian Pericle Capsali (48) is a director and publicist and “father of nine,” as he himself put it. He gathered signatures with the help of priests. He wants to promote within the European Parliament “the policy of families, not political families.” Former world and European artistic gymnastic champion, Playboy star Corina Ungureanu will run as an independent too. She wants to promote sports tourism in Romania. Former MP Danut Liga wants to win a seat within the European Parliament too. Back when he was a PRM MP he filed a draft law that stipulated that Romanians that refuse to cast their votes in the elections should receive fines of one to six average monthly salaries.
FM: 190 polling stations abroad for European Parliament elections in May
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) has completed the list of the 190 polling stations abroad for the European Parliament elections on May 25, according to a release quoted by Agerpres. MAE informs that the polling places will be set up within the premises of Romania’s diplomatic and consular missions, of the cultural institutes abroad, and in the theater of operations in Afghanistan. ‘The final list of the polling stations has been homologated based on previous experiences of running European Parliament elections, namely on the number of voters recorded in the polls of 2007 and 2009. In the elections for the European Parliament, Romanian citizens abroad can choose to exercise their voting rights for the election of the representatives of their residence country,’ the document adds. MAE mentions that roughly 22,000 Romanian citizens voted abroad in the EP elections in 2007, and 14,000 in 2009, with 190 polling places set up on both occasions.

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