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February 3, 2023

Authorities take steps to improve the vote for the runoff, promise heads will fall

Impressive queues of thousands of Romanians, lined up along hundreds of metres, nerves, shouting and protests. They chanted ‘We want to vote!’, ‘We are not leaving home!’ and some sang the national anthem ‘Wake up, Romanian!’ That was the unbelievable picture of most polling stations in the countries with largest Romanian communities on Sunday.
The biggest issues were reported at the Romanian Embassy in Paris, where the special law enforcing troops had to step in because of several hundreds of people who forced their way into the Embassy in order to vote.
The authorities however refused to extend the opening hours at the polling stations that closed at 21:00, Romanian time.
n Once the pictures showing the huge queues of Romanians waiting to vote abroad were published in the mass-media, hundreds of people gathered in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest, in front of the Prefecture in Cluj-Napoca, as well as in Alba Iulia to express their solidarity with the Romanians in the Diaspora.
President Traian Basescu and other institutions urge Foreign Minister Tisus Corlatean to resign because of ‘the serious flaws recorded in the organisation of the electoral process at the polling stations abroad, where the necessary supplies and staff were not provided’.
n Prime Minister Victor Ponta said at the Foreign Ministry yesterday that Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean and the heads of the Ministry would pay with their offices if a single Romanian was unable to vote on the evening of 16 November, in the runoff presidential election, abroad.
The scandal encompassing the first round of the presidential election was highlighted in the foreign press too.
Partial presidential elections results after 98.3 per cent of the votes have been counted: Victor Ponta – 40.33 per cent, Klaus Iohannis – 30.44 per cent, Calin Popescu Tariceanu – 5.40 per cent, Elena Udrea – 5.18 per cent, Monica Macovei – 4.46 per cent, Dan Diaconescu – 3.99 per cent, Kelemen Hunor – 3.50 per cent, Corneliu Vadim Tudor – 3.66 per cent.
The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) will decide on Friday upon the validation of the first round of the presidential election, said for AGERPRES officials of the institution.

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