Senators approved on Wednesday, with 100 votes in favour, 1 abstention and 9 votes against, the legislative proposal on modifying and supplementing the political parties law number 14/2003, a proposal which allows among other things for the document that sets up a political party to be signed by at least three founding members.
The proposal, initiated by the members of the Parliamentary Electoral Code Commission, was backed within the plenum by Secretary of State Valentin Iliescu, the government’s representative.
The Lower Chamber’s and Senate’s joint Electoral Code Commission unanimously decided on Tuesday to draft a favourable report by including the Legislative Council’s amendments, Electoral Code Commission Chairman and PNL Senator Mihai Voicu emphasized in his turn.
According to the draft law, political parties can be set up and can operate at national or local or both at national and local levels, in line with their own statutes. The founding document can be signed by at least three founding members.
Another modification through which the signatories of the proposal want to put to good use the constitutional principle of political pluralism concerns the list of signatures of support. According to the legislation currently in force, this list has to include at least 25,000 founding members residing in at least 18 counties and Bucharest, but no fewer than 700 persons for each of these counties and for Bucharest. The legislative proposal adopted by Senators on Wednesday mentions that the list should include only at least three founding members.
The new law abrogates Article 48 currently in force, according to which a political party is dissolved unless it obtains at least 50,000 votes at national level in two successive general elections, for candidacies filed in any of the following elections: for county councils, local councils, for the Lower Chamber and the Senate.
The Senate is the first Chamber notified in regard to this draft law.