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June 25, 2021

PSD’s proposals for the talks at Cotroceni on the electoral system

Prime Minister Victor Ponta said after the meeting of the PSD leadership on Monday that, during the consultations with President Iohannis  scheduled on Wednesday at the Cotroceni Palace, he would propose changes to the election law, the reduction of the number of MPs and re-starting the work of the Constitution Revision Commission.

PSD supports a German parliamentary system with 300 members of the lower Chamber plus minorities and 100 senators. ‘We will propose, for the election of the Parliament, a new mixed system, or a proportional system leading to the reduction of the number of MPs in such a way as to achieve 300 members of the Chamber of Deputies and a maximum of 100-110 senators’, Ponta said.

‘The important thing is to have a very clear, straightforward and just system to prevent abnormalities’, Ponta also said.

PSD will also propose that all elections, including those in the Diaspora, to be organised by AEP. PSD does not want to change the voting system for the election of mayors.

‘We will propose that all elections should be organised by AEP, which is a non-political institution. The organisation mode should permit the anticipation of the number of voters expected to the polls in the Diaspora so that, in the future, there is total access for exercising the right to vote. As far as the mayors are concerned, PSD’s choice is to keep the current system. It is the unanimous option of the association of cities and towns. Regarding the county councils, we will discuss it so that the system provides stability’, Ponta said.

At the same time, the prime minister will propose the re-start of the Constitution Revision Commission, noting that he wants the revision process to be over this year.

‘On Wednesday we will propose to re-start the activity of the Constitution Revision Commission based on the agreed principles’.


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