Coalition reportedly lowers electoral threshold for UDMR

Despite denials from coalition leaders, the collaboration protocol signed between ruling parties last week apparently includes a secret annex that details a calendar for adoption of legislative priorities and plans of changing the election system, according to daily ‘Jurnalul National.’ More specifically, the annex provides that the Democrat Liberal Party will try to lower the electoral threshold from 5 per cent to 3 per cent. The move was reportedly demanded by the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), to make sure that the party will be able to enter Parliament in 2012 elections, the newspaper said. The information was denied by PDL Vice President Gheorghe Flutur, who told the publication that no decision was yet made as to what electoral threshold and what voting system the coalition will back.

According to the newspaper, introducing a lower electoral threshold was first discussed within UDMR, where it was met with criticism. Deputy Olosz Gergely, who ran for UDMR leader at the end of last month and lost to Kelemen Hunor, said that with this plan, the current party president assumes a political project that paves the way to nationalist Greater Romania Party’s return on the political stage.

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