The PDL deputy Maria Stavrositu became the president of the party’s Constanta organization, 32 votes ahead of her opposing candidate Florian Constantin, Mediafax reports. Before the results were announced, Stavrositu claimed the vote had been rigged. She told the journalists that there was only one signature on the ballots, a signature she could not identify, and the ballots had been kept by a close friend of her opposing candidate. Persuaded she had lost the elections, Stavrositu stated before the journalists that she wished the best of luck to the new leader and would not contest the result of the polls. The result was announced some minutes later: Stavrositu had been voted by 155 delegates, Florian received 123 votes and 62 ballots were annulled.
After finding out she was the winner, Stavrositu told the Democrat-Liberals attending the meeting that she was aware of the pressures exercised on the delegates, but voiced her conviction PDL is made up of “strong characters”.