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Over 18 million Romanians are expected at the Sunday ballot to elect the new President

The election campaign started on October 3 and will conclude on Saturday, November 1, at 7,00. The ballots will open on Sunday, at 7,00, and will close at 21,00, EET.
18,296,567 citizens with elective franchise are expected at the ballot box in the first round of elections.
A number of 18,296,567 Romanian citizens have elective franchise in the first round of the presidential election on November 2 and 18,305,826, on November 16, in the runoff, according to the latest data supplied by the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP).
A number of 18,550 polling stations will be set up nationwide and 1,245 polling stations will be set up in Bucharest for the presidential elections, according to the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) website. In the 1st district of the capital there will be set up a number of 162 polling stations, 202 in the 2nd strict, 274 in the 3rd district, 178 in the 4th district, 196 in the 5th district and 233 polling stations will be made available for electors in the 6th district of Bucharest. The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) announced that a number of 294 polling stations would be set up for the Romanian citizens abroad who want to exercise their elective franchise. The estimated number of paper ballots necessary for the polling stations abroad stands at 600,000.
Fourteen candidates are participating in the electoral competition at the end of which voters will choose who takes over the seat at Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
Nine of the fourteen candidates that have submitted presidential bids are at their first attempt to conquer the highest position in the state, while five already went through this experience before.
In the presidential elections at the end of this week, which would be the seventh round of presidential elections after 1989 anti-communist revolution, the candidates are the incumbent prime minister Victor Ponta, former prime minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, Sibiu city mayor, Klaus Iohannis, former ministers Elena Udrea, Monica Macovei and Kelemen Hunor, former state secretary Mirel Mircea Amaritei, former head of the Foreign Intelligence Service Teodor Melescanu, former MPs William Branza, Gheorghe Funar and Szilagyi Zsolt, former MEP Corneliu Vadim Tudor, journalist Dan Diaconescu and chairman of the Socialist Alliance Party Constantin Rotaru.

Main presidential candidates compete at considerable distance

Prime Minister Victor Ponta, running for president of Romania in this Sunday’s elections under the banner of the Alliance of Social Democrats, the National Union for the Progress of Romania and the Conservatives (PSD-UNPR-PC) is seen garnering 40 percent of the vote in the first round of the ballot, while his main contender Klaus Iohannis backed by the Christian Liberal Alliance (ACL) would get 29 percent, according to a CSCI poll conducted on Oct. 27-29.
Coming in third is independent candidate Calin Popescu-Tariceanu with 8 percent, followed by Elena Udrea (the People’s Movement Party PMP) with 6 percent. Ranking next are independent Monica Macovei with 5 percent, independent Teodor Melescanu with 3 percent, Dan Diaconescu (the People’s Party – Dan Diaconescu PPDD) 3 percent, Kelemen Hunor (the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania UDMR) 3 percent, Corneliu Vadim Tudor (the Greater Romania Party PRM) 2 percent and other candidates 1 percent.
The above-mentioned calculation relies on the answers of 53 percent of the sample, namely those with higher probability of turning out to the ballot, the pollster said.
In the presidential runoff scheduled for Nov. 16, a majority 55 percent of the respondents said they would vote for Ponta and 45 percent for Iohannis.
The survey was conducted on a national sample of 1,103 interviews.

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