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February 4, 2023

PDL attacks pure uninominal vote law at Constitutional Court

PDL filed yesterday, at the Constitutional Court, its notification concerning the pure uninominal vote law drafted by Victor Ponta and Crin Antonescu, the Democrat-Liberals claiming that the law violates the people’s sovereignty and the equality of rights principle. The announcement was made by PDL MP Sulfina Barbu during a press conference. Barbu stated that the law “is tailored to USL’s electoral interest” and violates the people’s sovereignty by disregarding the results of the 2009 referendum. In his turn, PDL spokesperson Sever Voinescu stated that USL made “abusive changes to the electoral law” and that the goal of the law, a goal expressed by Ponta and Antonescu, is to destroy PDL.In reply, Premier Victor Ponta stated yesterday that PDL’s Constitutional Court initiative was made in order to pull someone’s leg. “Either they have the poorest and dumbest jurists in Romania or they are mocking all Romanians because they argue that this law does not eliminate the bicameral Parliament and does not transform it into a unicameral Parliament. Any high school kid knows that the Constitution stipulates a bicameral system, we couldn’t have modified the Constitution through the uninominal vote law. To argue at the Constitutional Court that we did not modify the Constitution through this law is either a giant hypocrisy or a gesture made to pull someone’s leg, a gesture lacking any seriousness, knowing that it will be rejected anyway,” Ponta stated for Mediafax. PDL announced last week that it will attack at the Constitutional Court the uninominal vote law proposed by USL. On May 22 the Lower Chamber adopted the uninominal vote law drafted by Crin Antonescu and Victor Ponta with 180 votes “for”, 30 “against” and 26 abstentions. The Lower Chamber turned down all amendments filed by PDL and UDMR. The draft stipulates that the candidate that wins the elections in an electoral college wins a seat in Parliament and that the counties in which ethnic minorities represent more than 7 per cent of the population will receive an extra seat in Parliament. The electoral threshold was also eliminated and the electoral colleges were left as they were in 2008.

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