The opinion polls made in view of local elections will be concluded on November 1st, PNL President Crin Antonescu announced yesterday. “PNL has always met the set deadlines. If you have a counter-example, give it and I will withdraw my words,” Antonescu said, quoted by Mediafax. Anyway, the problem of opinion polls should be of no consequence for journalists at this specific moment, he added. “The opinion polls are under way; some are more advanced, others already finished them, while others have not started yet. When they will be completed, we will talk, nominate the candidates and announce you. Don’t waste your time with things that are of no interest both for you and for the public,” Antonescu mentioned.
The statements of the PNL leader come as the press commented that testing the candidates for the positions of District mayor is delayed by disputes between PSD and PNL, as each party is trying to impose its own variant. ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ wrote yesterday that PSD and PNL are disputing Districts 3 and 6 of Bucharest, thought as easier to win from the Democrat-Liberals. The Social-Democrats would prefer to nominate candidates for Districts 3, 5 and 6, leaving the Liberals with Districts 2 and 4, which are more difficult to win. The acting mayor of District 2, UNPR member Neculai Ontanu won two terms in office with a good score and is expected to win next year too, while the acting mayor of District 4, Cristian Popescu Piedone, a member of the Conservative Party, has an increasing popularity. This would leave the Liberals with just District 1, where they already have the mayor in the person of Andrei Chiliman, who has the first chance in elections, Antonescu said yesterday. According to the same source, the clash within USL is particularly fierce for District 6, currently controlled by PDL mayor Cristian Poteras, who does not fare well in opinion polls. PSD wants to send Robert Negoita in the battle for District 3 or 6, while the head of the PNL organisation of District 6, Rares Manescu intends to run for district mayor himself.