Former Bucharest District 4 Mayor Cristian Popescu Piedone has entered both the race for the District 4 Mayoralty and the one for a seat in the local council, however, the District 4 Court decided on Wednesday that he can no longer run for the office of mayor. The judges analysed the challenges filed by some of the relatives of Colectiv victims.
Also, the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) decided on Wednesday that he cannot run for the office of councillor.
Piedone justified his decision to enter the electoral race by arguing that he wants to repair his honour. Piedone resigned in 2015, after street protests that followed the Colectiv nightclub fire accused him of being responsible for the tragedy in which 64 people lost their lives.
BEC’s decision can be appealed within 48 hours.
The former District 4 Mayor filed his candidacy for the Bucharest District 4 Mayoralty on Saturday, filing 5,600 signatures of support collected by the Humanist Power Party (PPU).
The new signatures were collected after Bucharest Court judges initially rejected his candidacy because only 2,550 of the 5,076 signatures filed by him met legal conditions.
Following that decision, Cristian Popescu Piedone announced on Facebook that he would not give up running for a new term as District 4 Mayor and he would start a new signature collection campaign, adding that there are only two options – “for them to kill me or to allow me to subject myself to your judgment at the ballot box.”