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October 27, 2020

PNL sues Gov’t over emergency ordinance amending law on presidential elections

National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman Klaus Johannis announced on Tuesday that the Liberals sued the Government for approving the emergency ordinance no. 45/2014 and called for its repeal, arguing that the ordinance illegally changes the legislation regarding the presidential elections in Romania, giving PM  Victor Ponta several advantages in the elections.

‘We sued the Government requesting the repeal of the emergency ordinance no. 45/2014, an ordinance that illegally amends the legislation on the conduct of presidential elections in Romania. When the ordinance appeared, we made an appeal more than once to the Ombudsman to challenge this normative act, unfortunately, no action was taken and we felt obliged to challenge this normative act,’ Johannis told a press conference.

The Liberal leader also said that in a democratic state, such as Romania, it’s not right for the Government, headed by the future candidate for President, to amend the legislation on the presidential elections, a few months ahead of the presidential polls.

‘If this normative act remains unchallenged, it means that Victor Ponta used the government instruments at his advantage, and both we and the Venice Commission consider that it would be unacceptable. If nothing changes, the prerequisite for massive electoral frauds will be set up, encouraging plural voting. The Government changes a law article that gives the possibility to vote anywhere in the country. It’s enough to write a statutory declaration saying that you did not vote elsewhere and you will not vote and your vote is taken into consideration. This encourages the electoral tourism,’ Johannis said.

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