CCR rejects appeal filed by NGOs against the referendum

The Constitutional Court (CCR) on Thursday rejected an appeal filed by the Pro Democratia Association and the Press Monitoring Agency against the procedure of organizing the referendum held on Sunday, November 22 and ruled that the plebiscite was legal. The ruling is definitive and mandatory.

Mircea Toma, leader of the Active Watch – The Press Monitoring Agency, one of the NGOs participating in the ‘Alliance for the Rule of Law’ coalition said on Monday that he consulted several lawyers, who explained him that problems related to plebiscites may be challenged directly in the Constitutional Court. “I talked with our lawyers and they explained me that, besides the matters related to the constitutionality of legal acts, the Constitutional Court also has another attribution, that of watching the legality of how elections or plebiscites are being organized. Such problems may be challenged directly at the Constitutional Court and we decided to act this way,” Toma stated.

The Pro Democratia Association and the Press Monitoring Agency last Tuesday challenged the referendum in the Constitutional Court.

A previous request by NGOs to suspend the referendum, filed before the day Romanians were consulted over a unicameral Parliament and the reduction of the number of MPs, was rejected by the Bucharest Court of Appeals last week. “We found out that the European legislation refers to legislative elections, not at presidential elections, and I believe that such a lawsuit in Strasbourg will clarify many situations. We know there are recommendations made by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Venice Commission on how elections should be organized. These good practices recommendations have not been taken into consideration,” said the leader of the Pro Democratia Association, Cristian Parvulescu.

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