The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) judges adjourned for January 18 the debate on the complaint filed by the Social-Liberal Union (USL) concerning the constitutionality of the law to merge local and parliamentary elections in 2012. The complaint was filed at CCR on December 22, 2011. “The law to merge the local and parliamentary elections constitutes a violation of article 1 in the Constitution concerning the separation of powers, article 11 concerning the observance of international treaties – namely, the Code of Good Practice concerning electoral matters -, as well as articles referring to the extension of mayors’, aldermen’s and local council chairs’ terms,” the leader of Social Democratic Party (PSD) deputies, Mircea Dusa, stated in December 2011. The Government took responsibility before Parliament, in December 2011, on the bill concerning the organization of 2012 local and parliamentary elections on the same day and on the bill concerning the appointment of magistrates at the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) and at ICCJ’s Prosecutor’s Office. The MPs proposed 18 amendments to the first bill, out of which the Executive accepted four. The Executive motivated the proposal of merging the elections on the grounds that this would help prevent electoral slippages in 2012. The bill does not stipulate a reduction in MPs’ numbers. The date of the merged elections will be set by a government resolution.