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April 18, 2021

Liberal MPs would go on armband strike as of Monday for postal voting

PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu announced on Tuesday that her party had decided that Liberal members of the Parliament would go on armband strike as of Monday, targeting the adoption of the postal voting law and that the last round of negotiations is due to take place after President Klaus Iohannis returns from the USA.
“Today (on Tuesday, editor’s note), we have reached a decision we might call extreme, as far as Parliament gestures are concerned. Starting on Monday, our members of the Parliament will go on armband strike. We will be present at work, but we will criticise the story of postal voting on all channels”, Alina Gorghiu declared for Realitatea TV.
The Co-President of PNL also declared that, after President Klaus Iohannis returned from his visit to the United States, a final round of negotiations must be held on the topic of postal voting.
“I think that, when the President returns to the country, it will be our final opportunity to adopt this law, the postal voting law, so that we could organize the general elections of 2016 being provided this alternative voting option, therefore, I think that a final round of discussions is needed after the President returns”, Alina Gorghiu declared.
“I am not suggesting the President what to do, but I feel the need to act this way, as a leader of a political party that has somehow went through a lot of strain to honour our obligations to the Diaspora”, Gorghiu added.
The postal voting law should be ready until November, so that it could be applied at the legislative elections of 2016 under the circumstances that the Constitutional Court and the Venice Commission have established that laws cannot be amended less than one year before elections.
The draft law on postal voting was considered a priority of the previous Parliament session, as discussions were held at the Cotroceni Palace after presidential elections last year and a principle agreement was reached. Nonetheless, parliamentary parties have changed electoral laws without agreeing on a draft law, of the four initiatives registered in the Parliament on this topic.

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