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October 5, 2022

Independent candidacy, between possible and impossible

For many years since I started providing political counseling and, implicitly, electoral campaigns for various elections, I’ve heard it circulated: less in certain moments, more loudly in other moments. It was the notion of independent candidate.
It is a completely utopian notion, actually, considering that, in Romania, in the last dozens of years, party oligarchy, their will and interests are primordial over anything else, more or less political.

Characters that had declared themselves “independent” have proved in the meantime that they were, actually, extremely well positioned individuals, deeply infiltrated in the parties they have left at certain point and who, due to image games and calculations of internal party parametres, accepted to step outside the respective political circle or were conducted outside of it.

The examples represented by Sorin Oprescu and Monica Macovei are, in my opinion, less than enough in this respect.

There is one more pattern that claims to be independent – civic militants. People who have used and still use a false status of an independent to establish a warm little nest as soon as possible and grant themselves potential political ascension along with a brilliant career. And where can they achieve it, else than inside of the same eternal political parties?
The parties they have preached against during electoral campaign and they are still preaching against at this point.

And when somebody truly desired and expressed the interest to be an independent in the genuine meaning or the word and in the relation of this notion to politics, it was instantly converted, due to the overall presence of the political class, into a poor joke, a bagatelle, a loser, or even a stupid person who has suddenly decided that he wanted an eligible position in the state. And so he was presented in the eyes of the electorate.

Genuinely, it is proven that real independent candidates do not exist in Romania. Not until this point.
The reasons why there is this concrete impossibility in the existence of independent candidates are two, grand and important:
– the insignificant presence of an independent in front of the unbeatable engine of the state
– a legislation that not only falls short of helping independents, but it also discriminates them considerably, in favour of the same parties.

Therefore, at this point, the conclusion is that we are dealing with a Parliament that is, in itself, a “political hermaphrodite”, reborn by each electoral campaign. And this “political hermaphrodite” is not just a highly ermetic, exclusivistic entity, opaque to anything unconnected to its own identity and life but, most of all, it automatically eliminates, from the very beginning, by the tools it has created from the inside (especially the electoral law), any intrusion by a foreign body from the inside and from the outside.

And now, in the end, I would like to point out an idea that must become the leitmotif of the change in the present electoral law.

The state should regulate the relation between the entity called Parliament = political parties = political candidacy vs. independent candidate.
Moreover, which is the level of state interference in equaling the balance between one pole and the other in a practical, realistic manner, and does the state support the independence of candidacies at any of its structural levels by laws and punctual intervention?

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