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March 1, 2021
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Victor Ponta and Klaus Iohannis in the runoff

PSD candidate scored 40% according to Sociopol and CSCE estimations, while ACL candidate scored 31%.

According to the exit polls estimations presented  yesterday evening at 21:00, after polls closing, Victor Ponta and Klaus Iohannis will go in the runoff on November 16. Antena 3 TV presented an exit poll conducted at national level by Sociopol, according to which Victor Ponta (PSD)  is credited with 40% of the votes and Klaus Iohannis (ACL) with 31%, with results centralized until 19:00. Independent Calin Popescu Tariceanu classified on the third place with 6%. The same results were offered by CSCI at Romania TV, while Digi 24 TV  presented an estimation by IRES that showed Ponta scoring 41,5% of the chances versus 31,2% scored by Iohannis.
These estimations are without the results from diaspora and the Republic of Moldova.Worth-mentioning is th at 20% of the votes were gathered , according to these sociologic estimations, by the next four candidates in this hierarchy, votes that will have a very important weigh in deciding the winner in the runoff. From now on, it’s up to the negotiation abilities of Ponta and Iohannis staffs to determine the voters of the other candidates to cast them their votes.

Queues and chaos at voting stations in the Diaspora
Hundreds of thousands of Romanians waited in queues measuring hundreds of meters to vote in the 294 voting stations opened abroad. The voting process was made difficult by the fact that the voters had to give affidavits declaring that they had not and would not vote someplace else. In addition, there were situations where the forms were not sufficient for the large number of voters present. The longest queues were reported in polling stations in New York, Brussels, Rome, Turn, Munich, Stuttgart, Berne, Valencia, Stockholm, Paris, The Hague, Luxembourg, Vienna, Bonn, Ikast, London, Coslada, Bologna, but also Chisinau.
All these issues caused massive uproar abroad, among Romanians who had no opportunity to vote. Also, on Sunday evening, before the results of the first round were announced, several hundreds of people gathered in front of the Electoral Bureau No. 48 headquarters, as No. 48 had managed the elections abroad. Bucharesters showed solidarity to the Romanians living outside their homeland who had no chance to vote and demanded the resignation of Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean for the poor organizing of elections.

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