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December 2, 2020

Controversy over election law changes

This week PSD will initiate the Parliamentary procedures needed to modify the election law. Its purpose is to partially reintroduce party-list proportional representation. The change is backed by UDMR and by some PDL MPs too, according to ‘Romania Libera’ daily. PSD President Victor Ponta stated on Tuesday that his party will propose the reintroduction of party-list voting system for half of the Lower Chamber seats, with the Senate set to be made up of local authority representatives. Likewise, UDMR President Marko Bela recently stated that his party could come up with its own version of changes brought to the law. Uninominal elections do not favor UDMR because they help large parties, but UDMR Senator Gyorgy Frunda explained that the voting system has to be changed for other reasons too: “Paradoxically we’ve reached the situation in which candidates that finish on 2nd, 3rd and 4th places enter Parliament, while those that win the elections are left behind.” He stated that the current law is “a poor law” because it encourages party defections too and added that the best option would be a mixed voting system, meaning electing half of the Lower Chamber through uninominal voting and the other half through party-list voting.

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