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January 21, 2021

President Iohannis promulgates postal voting law

President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday promulgated the law on postal voting.

According to the Presidential Administration, the head of state signed on Thursday a decree for the promulgation of the law on postal voting, as well as an amendment and supplement to Law No 208/2015 on the election of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies and for the organisation and operation of the Permanent Electoral Authority.

“The postal voting law was an objective undertaken by President Klaus Iohannis since the beginning of his term. This bill is one expected by the entire society and ensures the premises for observing the fundamental right to vote for all Romanians, wherever they are in the world,” the Presidential Administration mentions in a press release.

The head of state on Wednesday said that the law on postal voting is passable and that he would promulgate it after he came back from Bratislava if the procedures were met.

The Constitutional Court of Romania unanimously decided on Wednesday that the law on postal voting is constitutional, rejecting the challenges filed.

On November 3, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) announced that its Senate group, together with that of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), senators of the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) and Social Democratic Party (PSD), as well as an independent senator, have filed with the Constitutional Court a challenge against the law on Parliament’s adoption of the postal voting.

The postal voting draft was adopted by the Chamber of Deputies at the end of October. The bill will only be enforced in the parliamentary elections, not in the presidential and the elections to the European Parliament.

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