This year’s local elections were marked by low voter turnout. Thus, almost half of the voting-age population decided not to cast ballots, in some cities the mayors being elected by a flimsy percentage of voters. The lowest voter turnout in the country was registered in Bucharest, where the percentage reached a little over 30 percent. Nine O’Clock presents the results offered by the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) on Tuesday evening, after votes from 99.46 percent of the polling centres were tallied.
Thus, PSD is first at national level, with 37.62 percent, followed by PNL (32.63 percent), ALDE (5.89 percent), independent candidates (5.20 percent) and UDMR (4.13 percent).
Voter turnout stood at 50.73 percent at national level.
PSD won 36.15 percent of the votes for county councils, followed by PNL (30.7 percent), ALDE (6.62 percent), UDMR (5.21 percent) and PMP (4.03 percent).
In Bucharest, Gabriela Firea won 43.14 percent of the votes, followed by Nicusor Dan (30.46 percent), Catalin Predoiu (11.1 percent), Robert Turcescu (6.43 percent) and Daniel Barbu (3 percent). These partial results published by BEC were obtained after votes were tallied from 1,127 of the 1,252 polling centres in Bucharest (90.01 percent).
According to the partial results, the PSD-UNPR Alliance won 40.64 percent of the votes for the Bucharest Municipal Council, followed by USB (25.19 percent), PNL (13.02 percent), PMP (7.07 percent) and ALDE (6.39 percent).
Voter turnout stood at 33.08 percent in Bucharest.
Dan Tudorache (PSD) won the Bucharest District 1 Mayoralty, with a small margin over Clotilde Armand (USB). Mugur Toader (PSD) won the District 2 Mayoralty (with 32.8 percent). Liviu Negoita (PSD) won the District 3 Mayoralty, Daniel Baluta (PSD-UNPR) won the District 4 Mayoralty, Daniel Florea (PSD) won the District 5 Mayoralty and Gabriel Mutu (PSD) won the District 6 Mayoralty.
Voter profile in Bucharest
More than half of Gabriela Firea’s voters are women, and 49 percent of them are part of the 60+ age group, according to an IRES survey that presents the profile of Bucharest voters, a survey ordered by Digi24.
Only 8 percent of the voters that are part of the 18-29 age group voted for Bucharest’s first woman mayor. 51 percent of the votes won by USB candidate Nicusor Dan came from women, and 49 percent from men. Nicusor Dan had mainly young voters: 19 percent of his voters are part of the 18-29 age group, 32 percent of the 30-39 age group. Only 14 percent of his voters are part of the 60+ age group.
26 percent of Gabriela Firea’s voters finished 10 grades or vocational school at most, 42 percent of them finished high school, and 32 percent have faculty degrees.
In what concerns Nicusor Dan, 72 percent of his voters have faculty degrees, 23 percent finished high school and only 5 percent finished 10 grades or vocational school at most.
31 percent of Catalin Predoiu’s voters are part of the 60+ age group, 21 percent of the 40-49 age group and 20 percent of the 30-39 age group. Half of the PNL candidate’s voters have faculty degrees, 34 percent finished high school and 16 percent finished 10 grades or vocational school at most.
Gabriela Firea’s first mission at City Hall: fighting mosquitoes
On Tuesday, Gabriela Firea stated that Bucharesters have sent her congratulatory messages for her victory in the elections but have also informed her of the problems they are facing, one of them being the mosquitoes in parks. She pointed out that the City Hall should have signed the disinfestation contract last December.
“For two days I have tried to answer the messages I have received on Facebook, on email, to answer all Bucharesters who are telling me that they voted for me and they trust me, who give me homework. The mosquito issue is the first, because they can no longer walk in parks. Mosquitoes bite their children and they end up with them at the doctor’s. Unfortunately, a contract that should have been signed in December is not finalised yet. There is an ongoing tender, challenged, a mix-up. I believe someone wise has to come at the City Hall to solve all these things,” Firea said, being quoted by news.ro.
On Monday, Gabriela Firea said that the signing of the disinfection contract and the approval of the energy strategy will be her priorities when she takes office.
“The urgency is – and Bucharesters signalled it to me – the signing of the disinfection contract. There are a lot of mosquitoes, mice and rats in Bucharest. Parents are desperate, they go with their children in parks and they come back with them almost swollen from all the insect bites,” Firea stated a day after the elections.
Mircea Ionescu Quintus: If this mister Dan or what’s his name became Bucharest Mayor, God have mercy!
PNL’s Honorary President is satisfied that Gabrilea Firea has won the race for the Bucharest City Hall. Mircea Ionescu Quintus stated for RFI that Gabriela Firea was a better candidate than Nicusor Dan. Moreover, the Liberal senior said he is disappointed with the large number of Bucharesters who voted for the candidates of USB, a party that “means nothing for Bucharest.”
“We lost in Bucharest. My great surprise is not that we lost. My great surprise and disappointment was generated by Bucharest voters who gave 30 percent of their votes to a party which means nothing for Bucharest and which cannot do anything for Bucharest. Without a leader… like Ms. Firea. Ms. Firea is a person that could and can properly lead Bucharest. If this mister Dan or what’s his name became Bucharest Mayor, God have mercy!” Mircea Ionescu Quintus said.