Deputies Chamber rejects President’s request to re-examine of Referendum Law

The Deputies’ Chamber on Wednesday rejected President Klaus Iohannis’ request for re-examination of the bill on modification of the Referendum Law, approving the normative act in the form in which it was initially sent for promulgation.

There were recorded 195 votes in favour of the report of the Legal Committee rejecting the request for re-examination of the Referendum Law, 71 against and 6 abstentions.

According to the law sent for promulgation, the national referendum on the revision of the Constitution will take place in the last Sunday of the 30-day period since the date of the adoption in Parliament of the normative act on revision of the Fundamental Law, after which date it will be brought to public knowledge by Parliament.

“The citizens are invited to state their will by vote at the national referendum on the revision of the Constitution, in the last Sunday of the 30-day period stipulated in the Constitution, calculated since the date of the adoption in Parliament of the constitutional law project, with the Government having the obligation to bring to the public knowledge, at once, by mass communications means, its text and the date of the referendum,” stipulates this law.

By this bill, the Romanian President’s role is practically cut out from the procedure of organizing a referendum on Constitution revision, while, until now, the Parliament used to draft a separate bill each time when it needed to organize such referendum, which the President promulgated or sent it back to Parliament for re-examination.

The Deputies Chamber adopted the bill, in its capacity as decision-making forum, in end-December 2017, and, on March 14, President Klaus Iohannis asked the Parliament to re-examine the Law on the modification and completion of Law no. 3/2000 on the organization of referendums, as he believed it included such provisions that should have been reanalyzed.

The Deputies Chamber is a decision-making forum in this case. Previously, the Senate also rejected the re-examination request.

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