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March 29, 2023

PSD might boycott local elections

Social-Democrat leader Liviu Dragnea declared on Tuesday in Brussels that PSD might boycott local elections if the Government changed the electoral law in an electoral year, as demanded by Liberals and other political parties.

“If they continue this attempt to change electoral laws, PSD may go as far as boycotting elections”, the President of PSD declared.
Also on Tuesday, Alina Gorghiu, co-chair of PNL, announced that the party she leads has sent an open letter to the Public Attorney to demand him to notify the Constitutional Court on the local elections’ law, that stipulates electing mayors in one round.

In response, the Public Attorney announced he took note of the existence of several demands from behalf of political parties or representatives of civil society concerning the complaint filed at the Romanian Constitutional Court concerning article no. 101, paragraph 2 of Law no. 115 / 2015, for electing the authorities of local public administration as well as for changing and completing Law no. 393/2004 on the Statute of Local Officials.

Also, Popular Movement chairman Traian Basescu announced on Tuesday that he has demanded a change of electoral laws so that mayors and county council presidents would be elected by direct vote, in two voting rounds.

He mentioned that in their initial governing plan, the Dacian Ciolos Government also stipulated changing electoral laws by reinstating the election of mayors and county council presidents in two voting rounds.

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said on Sunday in northeastern city of Iasi that he will talk to the political parties about the election of mayors in two rounds, adding he is considering all possibilities to implement such a measure, the one of assuming responsibility in the Parliament included. Also, President Klaus Iohannis said on the same occasion that the idea of electing the mayors in two rounds is ‘very good’.

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