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March 29, 2023

Basescu denounces electoral law: Romanians don’t even know there are local elections right now

Popular Movement Party (PMP) President Traian Basescu believes the current elections campaign for the June 5 local elections has not been visible in the public space and is asking the Standing Electoral Authority to order the public television to broadcast, in the final days of the campaign, consistent electoral programmes.

“Many Romanians do not know that there are local elections on June 5, and among those who do, many do not know who the candidates are or do not know that the elections are taking place in a single round, so the vote for mayors, albeit uninominal, will unfortunately remain a strictly political vote. In these conditions, the renewal of politicians within local administration remains a simple statement without backing. Exaggerated advertisement restrictions have been imposed through the new electoral law, profoundly affecting the casting of ballots in an informed manner. In this situation, it is the Electoral Authority’s obligation to order now, in the final days of the campaign, that the public television broadcaster should broadcast consistent programmes dedicated to the June 5 local elections,” Basescu wrote on Facebook.

In his opinion, local elections risk remaining “a simple PSD+PNL=USL affair,” without real competition between candidates and platforms, to the great satisfaction of “political charlatans who believe in the saying ‘let it be revised, I accept, but without changing anything.’”

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