Chamber of Deputies: Law for mayor election in single round adopted per articles

Deputies adopted, yesterday, per articles, the bill based on which mayors will be elected in a single round, except for tie vote situations, and the final vote on the bill is to take place today, Mediafax informs.

Representatives of the opposition criticized this bill, signed by several Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) and Social Democratic Party (PSD) MPs, and stated they would vote against it.

Victor Paul Dobre (National Liberal Party – PNL) argued that the bill was “yet another step away from the democratic values”, “an error” and “a de-legitimization of those elected mayors”. Aura Vasile (PSD) stated that, if mayors are elected in a single round, there will be mayors who managed to collect only 12-14 pc of votes. In response, the leader of the PDL group, Mircea Toader, argued that PDL backed the bill, as mayors should be elected from the first round, just like the heads of County Councils. The Lower Chamber is the decisional body on this bill. The Senate rejected it, earlier.

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