15 parties and 11 independent candidates have signed up for the European Parliamentary election race scheduled for May 25. The list of runners comprises of the Social Democratic Union (made up of PSD, UNPR, and PC), the Liberal Democratic Party, the National Liberal Party, the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, the People’s Movement Party, the New Republic Party, the Christian-Democratic National Peasants’ Party, the Dan-Diaconescu People’s Party, the Social Justice Party, the Ecologic Party of Romania, the National Farmers’ Alliance, the Civic Force, the Green Party, the Socialist Alternative, and the Greater Romania Party.
Former gymnast Corina Ungureanu, former Civic Force deputy Danut Liga, and former vice-chairman of PNL, Mircea Diaconu, are among the 11 independents running for an EP seat.
The most recently released opinion polls show USD is the voters’ first choice by far as 40.7 percent of respondents said they will be voting for the Alliance, according to INSCOP, whereas CSOP found the percentage to be at 38. INSCOP results show PNL is the second party preferred by Romanians with a 16.9 percent score, followed by PDL (11.3 percent), PMP (10.2 percent), UDMR (5.2 percent), the Civic Force (5.1 percent), PP-DD (3.8 percent), PRM (2.8 percent), and PNTCD (1.3 percent). Commissioned by PDL, the CSOP poll indicates PDL is the next in line after USD with a score of 16 percent, followed by PNL (15 percent), PMP (9 percent), UDMR (6 percent), PP-DD (5 percent), PRM (4 percent), FC (2 percent), and other parties (6 percent).
At the start of the electoral campaign, PSD leader PM Victor Ponta stated that the PSD-UNPR-PC Alliance’s objective in the EP elections is to obtain a 35 percent score. Social Democrats Corina Cretu, Ecaterina Andronescu, and Catalin Ivan are top of the list of Alliance candidates validated by the National Executive Committee of PSD last February.
On the other side of the aisle, PNL chairman Crin Antonescu has often portrayed the Liberals’ aim in the European Parliamentary elections as reaching a 25 percent score. If the final result is below 20 percent, he said he would resign as head of the party. PNL’s candidate list includes Norica Nicolai, front of the line, followed by Adina Valean, Ramona Manescu, Cristian Busoi, Renate Weber, and Eduard Hellvig, among others.
Likewise, the Liberal Democrats have high expectations from this Sunday’s elections. Representatives of the party led by Vasile Blaga hope to obtain another seven or eight EP seats. The category of PDL MEP candidates includes names such as former Prime Minister Theodor Stolojan, former Justice Minister Monica Macovei, Traian Ungureanu, and Marian Jean Marinescu, currently MEPs.
UDMR’s list of candidates starts with MEPs Iulia Winkler and Sogor Csaba. UDMR chairman Kelemen Hunor said the party’s aim is “to continue to ensure a strong presence, meaning another two or three EP mandates.”
Benefiting from Traian Basescu’s guidance from the shadows, PMP is taking part in its first set of elections. “Our goal in the European Parliamentary elections is to get a two-digit score,” Deputy Elena Udrea mentioned in a press conference. PMP plans to send the currently MEP Cristian Preda to the European Parliament and the list of candidates continues with Siegfried Muresan and former Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Baconschi. In the front rows of the Civic Force, New Republic Party, and PNTCD’s candidate lists are Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, Mihail Neamtu, and Aurelian Pavelescu, respectively.
According to the Permanent Electoral Authority (PEA), 18,303,915 voting citizens are included on the permanent electoral lists drawn up in each administrative territorial unit. The vote starts at 7.00 a.m. on Sunday and ends at 9.00 p.m. The order in which candidates are featured on the voting ballot is as follows: the Liberal Democratic Party, the People’s Movement Party, the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, the PSD-UNPR-PC Alliance, the National Liberal Party, the Greater Romania Party, the National Farmers’ Alliance, the Social Justice Party, the New Republic Party, the Green Party, the Civic Force, the Ecologic Party of Romania, the Socialist Alternative Party, PNTCD, PP-DD, and independents Corina Ungureanu, Constantin Filip Titian, Danut Liga, Paul Purea, Pericle Iulian Capsali, Costea Peter, Mircea Diaconu and Valentin Daeanu.
After the European Parliament was restructured, Romania’s number of EP representatives is 32, fewer than under the previous legislation by one. The number of MEPs in the EU body has also changed from 766 to 751.