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May 20, 2022
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PSD critical of single ballot mayoral election

Social Democratic Party President Victor Ponta yesterday voiced his opposition to single ballot mayoral election, calling such change “Mafia style thinking” by the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL). “Traian Basescu always wants to change something that hasn’t in his case. Had the mayor been elected by single ballot in 2001, Sorin Oprescu would have been general mayor. Had the president been elected by single ballot election, Adrian Nastase or Mircea Geoana would have been president.” Ponta said, adding that, electoral law modifications require consultations involving all the political forces, not just PDL calculations. “Mrs. Udrea has some money, Romania’s money, and only gives it to PDL mayors who vote for her and Emil Boc in the party internal elections. Those mayors, with our money, in the first ballot, possibly, will manage to come first. This is a kind of thinking that bears no connection with either public interest or Romania, it is a Mafia style thereby Boc and Udrea collect Romania’s money and then spend it with their friends and their mafia,” the PSD president said. Ponta made the point that the PSD would also vote against changes being made to referendum law, namely its validation only if the absolute majority of listed voters go to the polls. Ponta also said that the PSD wants the Constitution amended, so that the MPs who change their political hue lose their legislative term of office.

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