The Lower Chamber adopted on Wednesday, with 290 votes in favour, 5 against and 20 abstentions, the draft law on political parties, deciding that a party can be set up by three founding members and eliminating the territorial branches criterion.
The draft law stipulates the possibility of setting up a party with just three members. Thus, the list of signatures of support can contain at least three founding members, in contrast to the previous 25,000 members required by law (from at least 18 counties and Bucharest, but no less than 700 per county).
The provisions create the possibility of setting up local parties irrespective of existing territorial-administrative divisions and lower the number of signatures needed to enter all types of elections.
The nomination of candidates, by the party alone or by an alliance, is no longer related to two successive parliamentary election campaigns but to two successive election campaigns with the exception of presidential campaigns.
The changes brought by the draft law also concern the elimination of the Personal Numeric Code (CNP) from the list of signatures of support from founding members. The Senate adopted the draft law on April 22 and the Lower Chamber was the decisive Chamber.