Ruling coalition agrees on merging elections

Ruling coalition sources claim that the proposal garnered “complete consensus.” The voting system is the only one left on the agenda.

According to ruling coalition sources quoted by Mediafax, the ruling coalition parties agreed yesterday morning to merge local elections with Parliamentary elections next year, the voting system on whose basis the Parliamentary elections will take place being the only one left on the agenda. Thus, the text of a new law concerning Parliamentary and local elections and the modification of the statute of local representatives law, will be drafted next. On the other hand, it seems ruling coalition representatives did not set the date of the elections, although PDL MP Sulfina Barbu had stated that from a constitutional point of view they will be feasible starting on November 18. She explained that the solution is to prolong the local representatives’ terms until November and to schedule the elections so that the terms of future MPs will start after December 11, 2012. On the other hand, PDL Secretary General Ioan Oltean pointed out yesterday that Sunday’s meeting did not decide when next year’s elections will take place, pointing out that this is decided by the government. “Our discussions did not touch upon any option in what concerns the date of the elections, be they merged or unmerged. Nobody has taken into account November 18,” Oltean stated.

“These issues (merging the elections and the type of voting system used for electing the MPs – editor’s note) will be discussed within Parliamentary groups too, so that a joint decision on all these elements will be taken within the coalition in the shortest time, in the following meetings,” UDMR MP Marton Arpad stated. He pointed out that during the talks UDMR reiterated its point of view on the type of voting system, being known that UDMR representatives oppose the adoption of a pure uninominal voting system and propose a mixed-vote system.

Ponta: “If they merge elections we will file censure motion”

“USL disagrees with the merger of the elections and will support early Parliamentary elections. To push the local elections forward to October and November – I announce you that all documents issued by Mayors and Presidents of County Councils or Local Councils can be attacked in court after their four years in office expire. Construction permits, payment decisions, tenders – they will be open to attack and the courts will state you are no longer a Mayor or County Council President and we’ll be left with local structures that can’t function for six months,” PSD leader Victor Ponta stated yesterday. He underlined that “late elections” are unheard of in Europe. “This is Boc’s creation. If this happens we’ll file a censure motion, we’ll challenge this at the Constitutional Court, we’ll use all instruments of protest,” Ponta said. He added that a local representative’s term in office lasts four years and the Constitution is very clear in this sense, PSD’s leader deeming that PDL plans to push the elections into 2013.

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