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Dancila: Gov’t to adopt GEO amending referendum legislation. Iohannis says Gov’t hopefully to refrain from any legislative change not purely technical, necessary

Premier Viorica Dancila has stated that the Government will issue on Wednesday a government emergency ordinance (GEO) regarding the electoral legislation, against the backdrop in which the Standing Electoral Authority (AEP) has asked that certain amendments be adopted in this sense for the referendum and European Parliament elections scheduled for May 26.

“For me, as Premier, it’s very important to deal with properly organising the European Parliament elections and the referendum. The preparatory meeting took place yesterday and we will see what the final form is. I cannot impose, I must talk with the Secretary General, with those who endorsed this legislative act,” Viorica Dancila stated.

Asked about certain provisions regarding public authorities – including the President – not being allowed to get involved in the campaign for the referendum, Dancila said: “I haven’t seen the text, I will now take each legislative act and we will see what the final form is. The legislative act must be adopted during the Government meeting tomorrow.”

Article 60, Paragraph 6, of the GEO reads: “Public authorities have the obligation to be neutral and unbiased in relation to the object of the referendum, not being allowed to express themselves, during the campaign for the referendum, in favour or against the issue put to the referendum.”

The AEP has published a proposed amendment to the electoral legislation, which would be enforced during the European Parliament elections and the referendum on May 26. The Authority proposes that the referendum be validated based on the valid ballots cast by voters registered with the Electoral Registry, according to the document published for public debate.

Thus, paragraphs (2) and (3) of Article 5 of the GEO read: “(2) The referendum is valid if at least 30 per cent of voters registered with the Electoral Registry take part in it. (3) The result of the referendum is valid if the valid ballots represent at least 25 per cent of voters registered with the Electoral Registry.”

The current electoral legislation stipulates that the result of the referendum is validated based on the ballots cast by voters registered on permanent electoral lists.

“(2) The referendum is valid if at least 30 per cent of the number of persons registered on permanent electoral lists take part in it. (3) The result of the referendum is valid if the valid ballots represent at least 25 per cent of those registered on permanent electoral lists,” reads Law no.3/2000 on holding a referendum.

 

Iohannis says Gov’t hopefully to refrain from any legislative change not purely technical, necessary

 

President Klaus Iohannis said Tuesday on a governmental referendum emergency ordinance that he hopes the government will refrain from any legislative change that is not purely technical and necessary.

“I am an avowed opponent of legislative changes in electoral threshold. As a rule, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) [main at rule] does these things just to create some advantage for them or to create a disadvantage for their opponents. I hope the government will refrain from any legislative changes which are not purely technical or necessary to the smooth running of elections,” Iohannis said in Sibiu.

 

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