The Social Democratic Party (PSD) won 44.52 percent of the votes for mayors in Sunday’s local elections; it was followed by the National Liberal party (PNL), with 34.60 percent, according to a partial count by the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) of the results from 1,130 polling stations of the existing 3,186 nationwide.
PSD+UNPR Alliance, 43.56pct in Bucharest General Mayoralty; USB, 29.05pct
The alliance between the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) garnered 43.56 percent of the votes in the elections for the Bucharest Mayoralty, followed by the Save Bucharest Union (USB), with 29.05 percent of the votes, according to the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) count from 95 polling stations out of the total 1,252 existing in Bucharest.
The National Liberal Party (PNL) comes next, with 10.74 percent of the votes, followed by the People’s Movement Party (PMP) – 6.36 percent, and the Alliance of Liberal and Democrats (ALDE) – 2.93 percent.
In the Bucharest General Council race, the PSD+UNPR Alliance garnered 40.64 percent of the votes, USB – 23.91 percent, PNL – 12.97 percent, PMP – 6.83 percent, ALDE – 6.23 percent, PDS (Social Democracy Party) – 3.89 percent, PER (Romanian Ecologist Party) – 2.05 percent, PRU (United Romania Party) – 2 percent, PNTCD (Christian Democratic National Peasant Party) – 1.02 percent, UDMR (Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania) – 0.41 percent.
Lowest turnout in 24 years in Romania’s local elections
Voter turnout in the local elections of Sunday on polls closing at 21.00 stood at 48.27 per cent, according to data announced by the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC). In urban areas, the turnout was 38.80pct, and in rural areas 59.71pct.
The figures were below the similar estimates in 2012, which were 56.39 per cent overall, 49.88pct in urban areas, and 65.30pct overall.
Voter turnout in Romania’s local elections ranged from 65pct in 1992 (the first free local elections following the falling of the Communist regime in 1989) to 49.38pct in 2008. The 2012 and 2016 elections had only one round; in the two-round system used until 2008, attendance was higher in the first round as a general rule.
Electoral Authority Head: Computerization of polling stations flawless
The computerization of the polling stations in Romania’s local elections on Sunday worked flawlessly, Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP) President Ana Maria Patru declared after the polls closed at 21.00.
“Data from our field representatives, as well as the voters’ response and media reports today allow us to assert that the computerization of polling stations worked flawlessly, and the polling station computer operators did their job very well. We congratulate them for successfully carrying out a mission regarded by many with suspicion, and we thank the Special Telecommunications Service, who designed the computer application and supported the AEP in implementing it in the polling stations,” Patru told Agerpres.
She admitted there were some minor incidents about wrong or insufficient ballots printed or polling station officials work, but assured that this didn’t influence the overall outcomes of the elections for mayors and local and county councils throughout Romania.
In a premiere for Romania’s electoral process, the AEP had computer operators in all the 18.616 polling stations; they had tablets with a dedicated app installed, allowing them to check, by scanning voter’s IDs, that nobody cast their vote twice.