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June 26, 2022

USB to file for vote recount at Bucharest District 1 polling stations

The Save Bucharest Union (USB) will be filing for a vote recount at five-ten polling stations of Bucharest Distract 1 because of detected statistical discrepancies, USB leader Nicusor Dan (photo) said Monday evening.

“I have worked with my colleagues today on a petition for vote recount at five-ten polling stations in district 1. I guess the petition was filed or is about to be filed. We pointed out some statistics discrepancies. We hope the District 1 Electoral Office will accept the petition and recount the ballot papers at some polling stations. (…) A wider recount will start if systematic discrepancies are detected between voters and ballot papers,” Dan told B1 Tv private broadcaster.

He added that USB initially had delegates at all the polling places in District 1, but they were not USB members, just volunteers. Some of them withdrew, including to attend a Maroon 5 concert in Bucharest on Sunday evening.

“We could no longer replace them, because there was a deadline for doing some and some stations were left without any of our representatives,” he said.

USB candidate for Bucharest district 1 mayoral office Clotilde Armand won at the polling stations where USB had observers, but lost everywhere else, Dan said Monday in a Facebook post.

“Just some cold figures. There were 163 stations in district one. We had delegates in 126 of them. There, Clotilde Armand won by 76 votes (an average of 0.6 votes per station for us). We did not have delegates in 36 stations. There, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) won by 1,755 votes (an average of 46 votes per station disfavouring us),” said the USB leader, according to Agerpres.

Exit-polls on Sunday evening showed USB’s Clotilde Armand the top vote getter – 31.4 percent, followed by Daniel Tudorache of the Social Democratic Party + National Union for Romania’s Progress (PSD+UNPR) Alliance – 30.5 percent.

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