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December 1, 2021

New political parties one step away from being stricken off

The boomerang effect of the new electoral law – parties can be established much easier but risk being dissolved unless they take part in parliamentary elections! The law introduces harsh requirements in what concerns the electoral battle – an impressive number of voters’ signatures from dozens of electoral districts are required to validate candidacies. A feat only 3 of the 49 newly-established parties were recently able to achieve. The parliamentary elections are now the only chance for those that want to survive on the political scene, Digi24 informs.

The new electoral law, on whose basis 49 new political parties have been established, is a mixed bag. As easy as it has become to set up a political party, with the help of just three members, the harder it is for such a party to survive. New parties that did not have candidates in the local elections in 75 localities and will not be able to have candidates in the parliamentary elections either will basically disappear.

Ovidiu Voicu, executive director Public Innovation Centre: “Of the new parties, only 3 meet the 75 localities requirement. Basically, in order to run in a locality, you have to collect signatures in that locality. If you’re a new party and lack party branches, it’s difficult to collect the signatures.”

The other 46 parties will be tested in the parliamentary elections. The high number of voters’ signatures needed, namely 1 percent of the total number of voters, remains the main problem this time around too.

Alin Iliescu, PACT spokesperson: “The party’s fate is now decided in the parliamentary elections, namely in a few months’ time… Those signatures are behind the candidacy. We are one of the parties that very vehemently challenged this ballot access requirement that consists of an exaggeratedly high number of signatures.”

Nicusor Dar, USB President: “The law is extremely unfair, because it allows [the establishment of] parties with three members but forces them to collect a number of signatures that a party from a commune is unable to collect. The stipulations of the current law are unconstitutional.”

In these conditions, newly-established parties, local parties in particular, will form electoral alliances in the parliamentary elections.

Roxana Mihaela Vlad, President of Alliance for Domnesti: “Unless we merge or form an alliance there is the risk of being dissolved. The measure of last resort for the parliamentary elections will definitely be to move toward Alianta Noastra and Marian Munteanu. We have no other option, because the law does not allow us to run on our own.”

Those willing to run in the parliamentary elections have to collect 180,000 signatures from voters.

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