USR files package of laws aiming to reduce the threshold for all the types of elections

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USR’s bills also establish a lower number of signatures for submitting the candidates’ applications

 

Save Romania Union (USR) has filed in Parliament a set of proposals aiming to change the electoral legislation; some of the proposed measures are the reduction of the electoral threshold for all the types of elections, as well as the reduction of the needed number of signatures to register a candidacy.

The USR parliamentarians propose a lower electoral threshold and a lower number of signatures needed to register a candidacy in the elections, so that people’s involvement in politics will be encouraged and a higher representativeness of the diversity of voices in the Romanian society will be provided. The set of four legislative proposals changes the electoral rules for the local, parliamentary, European Parliament and presidential elections.

“We’ve noticed in the last 20 years that people’s participation in politics is lower and lower. The same happens with their participation in voting. We believe that this comes from a lack of representation which people felt in politics. And we believe that this happens because politics became a dirty thing for many people” stated USR Senator Florina Presadă on Monday, at a press conference.

For the local elections, USR proposes the 5% threshold to be removed and replaced with the electoral coefficient obtained by dividing the total number of the votes that were validly expressed to the number of the counselor mandates. The distribution of the mandates will be done as in the current legislation, but the limitation of the distribution of seats only to those who obtained votes over a certain threshold will be removed. As for the needed number of signatures to register a candidacy, USR proposes its decrease to 0.5% of the number of the votes that are validly expressed at the last round of voting.

For the parliamentary elections, USR proposes the reduction of the electoral threshold from 55 to 3% and the decrease of the needed number of signatures to apply for a candidacy from 1% of the number of registered people on the electoral lists, to 0.5% of the number of the votes that are validly expressed in the last parliamentary elections.

For the European Parliament elections, USR propose the electoral threshold to be removed and replaced with the “natural threshold”, the electoral coefficient, needed to obtain one seat, as well as the decrease of the number of signatures from 200,000 to 0.5% of the total number of the votes that were validly expressed in the last European Parliament elections, in the parties’ case, and the decrease of the number of signatures from 100,000 to 0.5% of the total number of the votes validly expressed in the last European Parliament elections, in the case of the independent candidates.

To elect the President, the proposal is to decrease the number of signatures from 200,000 (1% today) to 0.5% of the total number of the votes that are validly expressed in the last round of presidential elections (approximately 57,765 signatures for a candidacy in the next presidential elections).

“Therefore, the 0.5 percent doesn’t apply to the number of the voters registered on the electoral lists, but to the number of the votes that are validly expressed in the last round of elections, because it is unfair to relate this number of signatures to those who are registered on the electoral lists, when the number of those who actually participate in the voting is so small” Florina Presadă explained.

She believes that the proposed measures will lead to a “renewal of the Romanian political class” which the society needs so much.

“We make a call to all the parties to support this initiative” the USR senator added.

“The draft laws filed today are only the beginning of the largest project designed to perform the liberalization of the political participation in Romania in the last 20 years. They will be followed by a new law on voting by correspondence, by improvements in the representation of the diaspora and by a new law on the party financing” the USR MP Tudor Benga (photo) stated in his turn.