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January 18, 2022

2.2 million Romanians no longer represented in Parliament

Approximately 2.2 million Romanian citizens are no longer represented in Parliament by MPs as a result of convictions, incompatibilities or resignations filed under pressure from the judiciary or the public opinion. Thus, the number of MPs has fallen considerably and a lot of citizens are no longer represented by MPs. Despite the fact that the electoral law stipulates that elections should be organized for vacant seats within 90 days, the Government has not done anything about it, with the single exception of partial parliamentary elections held in three Senate constituencies and four Lower Chamber constituencies on 25 May 2014. Since then, the intensification of the activity of anticorruption prosecutors has continuously lowered the number of MPs, so that now there are 7 vacant seats in the Senate and 24 in the Lower Chamber according to ‘Jurnalul National’ daily. According to the journalists, this means 1,265,000 Romanians are no longer represented in the Lower Chamber and 961,000 are no longer represented in the Senate.

“The government has invoked the fact that a new electoral legislation that should be taken into account in the partial elections is being discussed, then it said that at any rate there isn’t a lot of time left before the scheduled elections, as if it could not be blamed for the delay. On the other hand, PNL accused Victor Ponta of failing to respect the law, however the waiving of the law is not a disinterested move. Most of the vacant seats belonged to the ruling power, and the opposition’s success in the partial elections would weaken the parliamentary majority the Ponta Government relies on,” ‘Jurnalul National’ daily writes.


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