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BEC rules on accreditation of Romanian, foreign journalists, observers for local elections

Romanian media workers will be granted access to the polling stations upon producing a personal identity document and media badge, the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) has decided.

According to the same decision, accreditation of foreign observers as well as foreign media delegations will be performed by BEC upon recommendations from the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE).

The accreditations issued by BEC will provide access to any electoral bureau set up for the 2016 local elections. They allow the holders to enter and stay in public places around the polling areas and the polling premises as well as to watch the conduct of electoral operations, including vote counting and the drawing up of voting reports; their access to BEC and constituency electoral bureaus is restricted to certain areas.

The accreditations are valid only if backed by a personal identification document.

The BEC decision also regards the accreditation of internal observers for this June’s local elections by county constituency electoral bureaus and the Bucharest City constituency bureau, as the case may be, based on written applications.

Qualifying as internal observers are representatives of NGOs with a single aim of defending human rights legally established at least six months before May 6 but not later than November 5, 2015. The designated observers may not be members of political parties.

The accreditation papers will be valid for all the polling stations in a county electoral constituency or Bucharest City and they allow the holders to stay in public places around the polling areas and the polling premises as well as to watch the conduct of electoral operations, including vote counting and the drawing up of voting reports.

According to BEC, public opinion polling organisations, commercial companies or NGOs with polling as their business object are allowed to conduct exit polls based on BEC accreditation.

Exit poll operators will be allowed access to the polling premises and 500 metres around it, excluding the polling stations proper.

Exit poll accreditation will be performed by BEC upon request.

Accredited officials of political parties, electoral alliances and organisations of national minorities running in the elections that have no representatives at the electoral bureau of the polling stations may take part in vote counting as delegates.

Accreditation of delegates will be performed by the electoral bureaus of commune, town or district electoral constituencies, as applicable, on a written request from the county leaderships of political parties, electoral alliances and organisations of national minorities that have no representative at the electoral bureaus of the polling stations, filed two days before the election day, at the latest.

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