Single ballot mayoral election proposal met with criticism

Andrei Chiliman, the Liberal National Party (PNL) mayor of Bucharest’s District 1, yesterday criticized a legislative proposal by some deputies with the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) and the Social-Democrat Party (PSD) on mayors rather being elected through single ballot elections, calling it “political ruffianism” and “antidemocratic nonsense”. Chiliman said that, while he could have had all the reasons to agree to this proposal, given he’s being a serving mayor, he nonetheless couldn’t be more publicly opposed to it considering his capacity as a Liberal and “man of honour”. The proposal, put forth by a group of lawmakers with the PDL, the PSD and the Conservative Party, along with independents from among ethnic minorities, as well as a PNL deputy stipulates that “the election winner will be the mayoral candidate with the largest number of votes expressed for them in the first round.” The proposal stipulated a second round of voting yet only in tie situations. Conservative Deputy Tudor Ciuhodaru, a doctor at Iasi hospital accused by fellow doctors of receiving an undue amount of RON 30,000, is among the document signatories. The proposal would work to his advantage given his intention to stand for mayor of Iasi in the 2012 election. While the MD/MP is forgetful of having affixed his signature to the proposal, he nonetheless says now single ballot mayoral election has pros and cons that need to be carefully considered.

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