Acting national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea on Friday said all the party’s members will be allowed to cast a ballot in PSD’s internal election this Sunday, irrespective of whether or not they have paid their memberships dues.
“There is no precondition. All the registered party members recorded with the lists of each organisations will come up with an ID card, sign the list, get a ballot paper, cast the ballot and leave. Their vote is not made conditional upon payment of the membership fees,” Dragnea told a press conference.
He added that this vote system used for all the party members to select their national leader will show how many active members the party has and will also reflect the organisational capabilities of each county chapter.
Asked whether chapter leaders are allowed to set up polling stations at their home, Dragnea said they are allowed to do so “in any space where access is on legal ID documents and where civilised circumstances can be secured for the election,” but no polling stations are allowed in restaurants, commercial spaces or in schools.
Internal poll: One question will be about county party leaders
Dragnea also said on Friday said four million questionnaire forms had been distributed nationwide as part of an internal poll of the party, with the questions relating to the name recognition of the party’s local leaders and the measures taken by the incumbent government.
“For instance, there are questions that will provide us and our local colleagues information about whether or not they are recognised there. There is a question therein asking the party members of a community whether or not they know who their leader is. (…) They are also asked about whether or not they know who the PSD county leaders are. That is a good question to us and to them as well, because there may be some of our colleagues feeling that they are well known and appreciated, but reality would tell otherwise and so at least we will know where we start. At the same time, there are questions about the locals’ perception of the operation of local public services. (…) They are asked to name one of the measures taken by the incumbent government that they liked the best and what is the one that irked them the most,” Dragnea told a press conference.
He added that the questions will help PSD a lot better ground its new political programme, and in one and a half month the poll will be conducted again with other questions.
“By the time the local elections are here we should know down to the level of each local community what the best political and governmental actions are and the objectives PSD will have to support. It is an exercise of participative democracy never before used in Romania. A great part of the citizens want to be consulted and they also want their opinions to matter more in the actions of the politicians,” said Dragnea.
He added that the internal poll and this Sunday’s internal elections were discussed at a videoconference with all the county organisations on Friday.