PSD president Victor Ponta announced yesterday, after a meeting of the National Executive Council (CExN) of the party held at the Palace of the Parliament, that the list of social-democratic candidates in the elections for the European Parliament will be topped by the acting MEP Corina Cretu, with the second place being occupied by the former minister of Education, Ecaterina Andronescu. According to the PSD leader, third on the list will come Catalin Ivan, the acting chief of the PSD delegation in the EP. The next places will be held by Communications minister Dan Nica, the prime minister’s advisor for ethnic Roma problems Damian Draghici, the minister for SMEs, Maria Grapini, acting Eurodeputies Daciana Sarbu, Ioan Mircea Pascu, Viorica Dancila, the deputy chief of cabinet of European commissioner Dacian Ciolos, Sorin Moisa, and acting MEPs Victor Bostinaru and Claudiu Tanasescu. On the 13th place is Claudia Tapardel, PSD vice-president and member of the General Council of the Bucharest Municipality.
The next positions are occupied by a candidate supported by PC, another supported by UNPR, a candidate proposed by PES Activists and another representing the Social Democratic Youth (TSD). The places 18 through 32 are destined to the candidates supported by county organisations. PSD expects to have 13 eligible places in the EP, while positions 14 and 15 are under a question mark. In the next legislature of the EP, Romania will have 32 deputies, down from 33 now.
Shortly after PSD made its list public, Corina Cretu said that the support she received from the party also implies her responsibility of informing citizens about the projects which the social-democrats want to promote in the EP, as well as the successes of the party in the present EP legislature. “I would like to thank the leaders of the party for their support and for the vote of confidence they cast today (yesterday). I see this vote as a responsibility to go through the country and explain what we already accomplished in the EP, what are our projects and how we plan to further represent the interests of citizens in the EP,” Cretu said, quoted by Agerpres.
Another important decision made yesterday is that the electoral alliance between PSD, UNPR and PC in view of the European elections will be validated on February 10. The members of CExN also decided to found the Progressive Social-Democratic Forum, which will organise in Bucharest debates with prominent international guests. The new structure will have its head offices in the Ion Ionescu de la Brad Street and will be led by a president, an Executive Committee and a Permanent Bureau.
Poll: PSD-UNPR alliance, 37.1 percent, PNL, 20.1 percent, PDL, 17.5 percent
The alliance between PSD and UNPR is the first in the classification of voters’ options for the European elections, followed by PNL and PDL, and the qualities the Romanians regard as being the most important ones for a Eurodeputy are the mastery of languages, training and political experience, according to a survey conducted by Inscop Research quoted by Agerpres. The alliance made up by PSD and UNPR would get 37.1 percent of the votes at the EU elections, according to the above-mentioned survey, PNL, 20.1 percent, PDL, 17.5 percent, the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), 3.7 percent, and the People’s Party-Dan Diaconescu (PP-DD), 4.6 percent of the voting intentions. When asked if USL should run in the European election on common lists or separately, 42.5 percent of the Romanians think that PSD and PNL should run separately, whereas 28.7 percent of the Romanians prefer the variant of the common list and 28.8 percent of the respondents do not know or do not answer this question.
On the other hand, 56.3 percent of people who participated in the survey said they would vote for USL in the elections for Romania’s Parliament, 17.7 percent, for PDL, 5.1 percent for PP-DD. The following parties would be under the 5 percent parliamentary threshold: UDMR, 4.7 percent of the votes, the Civic Force, 4.5 percent and the People’s Movement Party, 4.4 percent
If the election to the European Parliament were held next Sunday, a CSCI poll shows 41 per cent would vote PSD+ Conservative Party (PC) + the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR), 16 per cent – PNL, 14 per cent – PDL, 7 per cent – UDMR, 6 per cent – PP-DD, 16 per cent – others.
Government issues OUG on making electoral register operational
The Government on Wednesday issued an emergency ordinance (OUG) on making the electoral register operational, on amending Law No 33/2007 on the organization and development of the election for the European Parliament (EP) as well as some measures for the good organization and development of the election for the EP in 2014, Agerpres informs. The norm-setting document mentioned before establishes that permanent electoral lists are drawn up and printed by mayors, on the basis of the data and information included in the electoral register. The Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP) ensures the management and technical support necessary for the functioning of the electoral register, the coordination and the methodological guidance of people authorized to operate in the electoral register as well as the control of the observance of the legal provisions in the field. According to a press release issued by AEP, the electoral register will be used in all kinds of electoral processes, not only in the parliamentary election as it was stipulated until not long ago. The same source also makes it clear that the Government emergency ordinance issued on Wednesday will in no way hinder or restrict the right of voters to be put on the electoral lists. ‘All citizens that have a vote are included in the electoral register and their names will be found in the permanent electoral lists,’ reads the AEP release. At the same time, the delegate minister for the Romanians from everywhere, Cristian David said that the provisions of OUG issued by the government no limitation upon exerting the right to vote of the Romanian citizens living abroad, as being inscribed in the electoral register does not set any condition for exerting this right. According to the minister, the information about Romanian expatriates having to be included in the electoral register 30 days before, at embassies, is part of a draft act which dates back since the beginning of year 2012, unrelated to the regulation issued by the Executive.