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January 27, 2023

Minister Oprea: “Mission accomplished”

Minister of the Interior and Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea on Friday told a videoconference with prefects that the Ministry of the Interior has duly fulfilled the responsibilities falling on it in connection with the organization of the November 2 presidential election.
“Up to this point, the Ministry of the Interior has entirely fulfilled its legal responsibilities for the organisation of the election. All the election materials have been dispatched to the town halls, and will be delivered tomorrow to the presidents of the polling stations’ election bureaus. To ensure full compliance with the law, the prefects along with the presidents of the county election bureaus and representatives of the Standing Electoral Authority gave the polling station presidents the necessary training,” Oprea said.
The Minister said this has been one of the most uneventful campaigns, as the number of incidents recorded was five times lower compared to the 2009.
“Whereas in 2009, at the end of the campaign we had 937 incidents, we only have 182 reported so far. Throughout this period there haven’t been serious events to disrupt public order, most of the complaints were over the electoral advertising. Compared to 2009, five times fewer offences and four times fewer crimes were reported. A number of 85 sanctions were applied during this campaign and fines worth a combined 46,100 lei have been served. Checks tracked down 58 crimes in which 25 people are being investigated, compared to 194 in 2009,” said Minister Oprea.
Over 58,000 employees of the Ministry of the Interior (MAI) have been mobilized for the first round of presidential elections, on Sunday announced Monica Dajbog, spokesperson for the institution.
She told a press conference that of these, 31,300 are police officers, 12,500 – gendarmes, 3600 – border police officers and 10,000 are firefighters.
At the national level, 13,300 MAI employees are ensuring public order measures and 4,700 are mobilized for checking and resolving the notifications regarding possible election incidents.
At the same time, Monica Dajbog added that the ministry has a reserve of approximately 7,800 people.
According to her, 527 Romanians who turned 18 on Sunday could vote, too.

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