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December 4, 2021
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PM Ponta accuses PNL/PDL of lying about by-elections

Prime Minister victor Ponta maintains it becomes “increasingly clearer” that “the current PNL/PDL [National Liberal Party/Democratic Liberal Party] is breaking record after record in regards to the nerve with which they lie to people,” referring to the fact that the Liberals, after they voted for the law which provides that by-elections no longer take place, have filed a criminal complaint against the Government for not organising by-elections.

“It becomes increasingly clearer that the current PNL/PDL is breaking record after record in regards to the nerve with which they lie to people! (please read the logical and commonsensical explanations given by Deputy Gabriela Podasca – vice chair of the committee on electoral laws). In simpler words – same as with the  Fiscal  Code, they vote for something and then they state exactly the opposite on TV,” Ponta wrote on Facebook on Sunday.

According to the Prime Minister, the Liberals first vote by unanimity the new election laws (for the local and parliamentary elections) which clearly regulate that the county council presidents and MPs are elected by list and by-elections for the vacant offices are no longer held, as the previous laws have been abrogated, then President Iohannis promulgates the laws right away and the legal situation is “very clear”, after which the PNL (“which initiated and voted in favour of the laws”) files criminal complaints against the Government for not organising by-elections. In the end, there begins “the public attack with insults and invectives against the prosecutors who don’t execute the orders of the PNL,” Ponta added.

“It is natural that prosecutors reject the Liberals’ complaints based on the very laws drawn up and voted for by the Liberals! (…) The PNL/PDL relies on the fact that having nerve and lying to people will continue to work! It’s a shame,” the Prime Minister also wrote.

Social Democratic Party (PSD) Deputy Gabriela Podasca said that, according to the new law on parliamentary elections and to the law for the local public administration election, by-elections for the vacant mandates can no longer be organised, and the PNL “pretends to have forgotten” what normative acts it voted for in Parliament.

According to a press release remitted to Agerpres on Sunday by the Social Democratic Party, Gabriela Podasca, vice chair of the committee in charge with drawing up the electoral laws, explains that, according to the new law on parliamentary elections and to the law for the local public administration election, by-elections for the vacant mandates can no longer be organised.

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