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January 27, 2023

Over 18 million Romanians are expected to the Sunday ballot to elect their president: Victor Ponta or Klaus Iohannis?

18,305,826 Romanians are expected at the ballot box on Sunday to elect the president of Romania. After the first round of November 2, two candidates remained in the race for the Cotroceni Palace of the 14 initially registered in the presidential competition – the candidate of the alliance made up of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) – the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) – the Conservative Party (PC), Victor Ponta, and the candidate of the Christian Liberal Alliance (ACL), Klaus Iohannis.

The PSD-UNPR-PC alliance candidate, Victor Ponta, obtained 40.44 per cent (3,836,093 votes) in the first round of the ballot for the presidential elections and the ACL candidate, Klaus Iohannis, 30.37 per cent (2,881,406 votes).

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 Diaspora there will be the same number of polling stations as in the first round – 294. A number of 800,000 paper ballots were sent to the polling stations abroad.
According to the Government, for the presidential ballot runoff, the Official Gazette printed a number of 20,945,068 paper ballots and following the request of the Foreign Affairs Ministry other 400 stamps with the “VOTED” inscription will be made for the polling stations abroad.

Victor Ponta would win the presidential ballot runoff with 54 per cent, while his opponent from the Christian Liberal Alliance (ACL), Klaus Iohannis, would get 46 per cent of the votes, according to a CSCI poll conducted over November 11 – 12 and released on Thursday.

In the meantime, the two contenders did their best to use in the most proper way the latest days of the campaign in order to win new battles of image. While Klaus Iohannis had a press conference to lobby his idea launched one evening before during the TV debate on B1TV that the Parliament should have convened Friday to vote and reject the amnesty and pardon law, Victor Ponta had welcome to Bucharest a very important European guest, his friend, Matteo Renzi, Italy’s Prime Minister who came in Romania  to express his support for him. Also yesterday, Victor Ponta announced on Facebook that Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Vice Chancellor addressed him a message of support, while Klaus Iohannis told at Adevarul Live that he has a very broad support from the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who even sent him  a letter on October 28.




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