National Liberal Party (PNL) co-chairs Alina Gorghiu and Vasile Blaga met in Madrid on Tuesday with representatives of Romanians living in Spain, on which occasion they discussed about the law on postal voting.
According to a statement sent to Agerpres, the two leaders assured the Romanian community based in Spain that the draft law is handled by Parliament under emergency procedure and that the PNL fully supports the adoption of this law next week.
The PNL considers that the purpose of adopting the draft bill is twofold, namely to ensure that Romanians abroad have all means necessary to exercise the right to vote and to restore Parliament’s credibility.
“The law on postal voting is a promise made to Romanians by the political class, and Parliament now has a chance to regain voters’ credibility. Parliament is the fundamental institution of a democracy, and it must prove, at least now, that it lives up to its status. (…) PNL’s objective is that no Romanians, wherever they are, should be prevented from voting. Ensuring full voting rights, as stated in the Constitution, must materialize in a law,” a PNL statement reads.
At the same time, the two leaders have argued that adopting the law on postal voting must be a stimulus for the involvement of Romanians abroad in Romanian politics and presented to those in attendance the recommendation of the National Political Bureau for their inclusion on the candidates’ lists for local and county councils.
”It is necessary that Romanians abroad occupy eligible seats at next year’s local elections. (…) Their involvement in Romania’s political life will open up the opportunity for them and their families to return to the country. (…) The PNL is pursuing the increase of MPs representing Romanians living abroad. Consequently, we believe that the involvement of Romanians abroad in the local political life, as well as the increase in the number of MPs representing voters abroad will increase representation at a local and central level,” the statement explains.
The discussion was attended by representatives of Romanian communities in Madrid, Barcelona, Girona, Calatayud, Motril, Madrid, Coslada and Alcala de Henares, as well as PNL Diaspora members included in the permanent delegation to the EPP meeting.