Politicians voted for continuation or change
President Traian Basescu stated that he voted for a new political party he hoped to continue with the process of reform of the state and advised those who didn’t have a political option to show up at the polling stations anyway, even if it would be just to cancel their ballot, since a good turnout will still prove that Romanians are interested in the EU.
Prime Minister Victor Ponta cast his vote in the elections to the European Parliament at Elementary School No 17 of Bucharest, accompanied by wife Daciana Sarbu and daughter Irina (The PM’s wife and daughter came dressed in clothes with traditional Romanian motifs). ‘I expect, as any other voter coming to vote both in Romania and all over Europe today, that changes after 10 years will be for the better so that we may make right everything that went wrong over the past few years. 2014 is the year of all changes,’ Ponta said.
The honorary President of the Social-Democratic Party (PSD), Ion Iliescu, said that it is very important for Romanians to show up and vote on Sunday, so that the country can consolidate its status in the European Parliament as a full member of the European Union.
Romanian MEPs in Brussels will have a difficult mission in the next term given the more and more consistent presence of members of extremist parties in Europe in the European Parliament, Corina Cretu, top of the candidate list of the PSD-UNPR-PC (Social Democratic Party-the National Union for the Progress of Romania, the Conservative Party – at rule) Alliance running for a new mandate stated, after she cast her vote.
National leader of the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) Crin Antonescu on Sunday said he voted the best team and the best programme, urging Romanians to turn out and vote, as their voting is ‘an elementary civic action.’
Although he did not set things right with his coming back to PNL, President of the Senate Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said, he voted for PNL, arguing the European Union “is a construction of Liberalism”. In his turn, Chamber of Deputies Speaker Valeriu Zgonea said he voted for a prosperous, powerful Romania in Europe, respected both in Brussels and in Strasbourg.
Chairman of the opposition Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) Vasile Blaga said he cast his vote for the European future of Romania and every citizen of this country, ‘inviting all the Romanians to voice their political will by go to the polls’.
National leader of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), minor at rule, Kelemen Hunor said he voted to secure the presence in the European Parliament of the Hungarian community of Romania, in hopes that European bodies will pay attention to the fate of the community.
MP Elena Udrea (PMP) said that she voted thinking that Romania needed powerful people who should represent it here and in Europe, while MEP Cristian Preda (PMP) said he voted for an economically strong Europe.
The Civic Force’s President Mihai Razvan Ungureanu said he voted as a responsible citizen, certain that Romania’s fate depends on that of Europe and that ‘we all could contribute to our welfare, if we knew to be Europeans.’
Ex-athletes such as Gabi Szabo, Ilie Nastase and Ruxandra Dragomir also explained their votes. Minister of Youth and Sports Gabriela Szabo, who is running for an MP term, said she wants to bring to politics the performance in sports. Retired tennis player Ruxandra Dragomir, candidate for the People’s Movement Party for the European election said that she hoped for a change and that she wanted a better Romania, while Ilie Nastase, a candidate of the PSD-UNPR-PC alliance in a by-election to the Senate, said that he voted for continuation.