USD wins most colleges by landslide but PNL wins Ilfov


Partial elections for the positions of mayor, local council member, or county council chairman were held concomitantly with Sunday’s European Parliamentary elections in 19 counties across Romania. The Social Democratic Union (PSD – UNPR – PC) encountered no difficulties in winning most colleges. Florin Birsasteanu (PSD) was elected deputy in Timisoara’s Third College, whereas Daniel Funeriu barely ranked third. Mihnea Costoiu won the senator seat in Gorj with 51 percent of the votes, Ilie Nastase was elected senator in the Eighth College of Bucharest, Ovidiu Silaghi won a seat as deputy in the Second College of Satu Mare, Sorin Marica (PSD) won the same seat in Hateg – Calan College, and Florin Tecau (PSD) was elected county council chairman in Arges.
USD candidates also won the partial elections for the Romanian Senate in Bucharest’s Seventh and Eighth Colleges. Thus, Ilie Nastase and Alfred Laurentiu Antonio Mihai will be replacing former senators Dan Voiculescu and Victor Ciorbea. The PSD – UNPR – PC alliance only managed to score 43.93 percent of the votes cast by the Seventh College and was followed by PDL – 20.02 percent, PNL – 15.37 percent, PMP – 12.56 percent, PP-DD – 4.53 percent, and PNCTD – 3.51 percent, according to Agerpres. USD received 54.48 percent of Eighth College votes, while PMP scored 10.22 percent, PNL 10.22 percent, PDL 8.98 percent, PNTCD 5.61 percent, and PP-DD 4.05 percent. Petru Luhan (PDL), Aurel Radan (FC), Ilie Nastase (PSD-UNPR-PC), Cristina Pastrama (PNL), Ruxandra Dragomir (PMP), Gheorghe Chiran (PP-DD), and Iulian Craciun (PNTCD) ran for the senator spot left vacant after Dan Voiculescu’s resignation from the 42nd Constituency of Bucharest Municipality, Eighth Uninominal College, Senate.
However, the Social-Democratic Alliance lost in Ilfov as PNL candidate Andrei Daniel Gheorghe won a deputy mandate in the Fourth Uninominal College by 12,483 votes, followed by USD candidate Gabriela Szabo with 7,605 votes, and PMP candidate Dumitru Simion with 1,694 votes, data released Monday by BEC shows.
PSD chairman Victor Ponta pointed out that the poor results reported by certain party branches, such as the Ilfov branch, will be assessed in the next National Executive Party Council, and he categorically denied the need for Liviu Dragnea or PSD Ilfov chairwoman Gabriela Firea to resign because they scored below 40 percent.
Ponta: Outstanding result
As a matter of fact, PM Victor Ponta, believes the result the PSD-UNPR-PC (Social Democratic Party-Conservative Party-National Union for Romania’s Progress) Electoral Alliance registered in these elections is a higher one compared to the results obtained in other years, but recommends that this score be treated “with modesty.”
Ponta has shown appreciation on Monday for the fact that the PSD-UNPR-PC electoral alliance has managed to win in the parliamentary by-election constituencies “in areas that are not of PSD,” but showed his disappointment over the fact that Gabriela Szabo, the alliance’s candidate in the Ilfov constituency, has not won the mandate. “We won seven of the eight by-election constituencies. (…) The only constituency in which we lost – but I believe we did not lose; it’s still a moral victory at least – in the Ilfov constituency, where we fought a baron. Mr. Antonescu now, just like Mr. Basescu, is in a fight with the barons. You saw what a baron means, Mr. Petrache, a mayor’s child, with millions against Gabriela Szabo. But we won in colleges that were not of PSD, such as Timisoara, Hunedoara, Satu Mare. (…) Seven mandates, seven additional members of Parliament matter for the majority in Parliament,” said Ponta at the Parliament.
More than 80 alleged electoral criminal infractions
Over 80 criminaloffences which were allegedly committed during Sunday’s elections are being investigated by police and prosecutors, Monica Dajbog, spokesperson for the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI), announced yesterday. “The highest numbers in this respect were reported in Bucharest and Dambovita County, namely 42 and 36 complaints, respectively,” she said further. No remands in custody or arrests have been made yet in connection with electoral infractions. The number of notifications reported last Sunday is less than half the 612 complaints filed during the previous elections from 2012, Monica Dajbog continued. The predominant cause for complaint was the persistence of electoral propaganda even after the vote started; 27 such instances were reported, compared with 94 in 2012.

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