President Klaus Iohannis wanted to make history in what concerns the President’s presence at the polls, casting his vote around 6.30 p.m. He is the first Romanian President in 26 years to vote at such a late hour, with all Heads of States before him, party presidents and political personalities casting their ballots early in the morning in order to give an example and stimulate voter turnout.
“I’ve understood that he had technical problems with being included [on the voters’ list] at a voting centre. (…) He couldn’t vote because he was not included at a certain voting centre, where he should have been allocated on a supplementary list,” PNL Bucharest Spokesperson Cezar Preda stated on Sunday.
On April 28, President Klaus Iohannis announced that he obtained a Bucharest residence visa and would vote in Bucharest in the local elections.
“It’s good to know that I obtained a Bucharest residence visa, meaning I will vote here in the local elections, for the general mayor and district mayor, for the general council and district council,” Iohannis had stated, adding that in this way he would be more interested in the way the elections campaign is taking place in Bucharest.
Two incidents occurred when President Iohannis arrived at the voting centre at the Jean Monnet High School in Bucharest. A Bucharester shouted to him that he arrived a bit late. The second consisted of the numerous camera operators filming him. Because of this, Iohannis was flanked by two SPP officer who cleared a path for him. The President was clearly discomfited with not being able to make headway because of the journalists and did not want to make any statements before casting his ballot.
“Today was a first. It was the first time I voted in Bucharest. I voted because Bucharest is my city too now. I voted for a modern and European Bucharest,” Klaus Iohannis stated when leaving the voting centre.