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AEP: 18,987,675 people enrolled in Electoral Register. Electoral campaign ended on Saturday morning. For thirty days, parties that entered the race tried to convince the electorate that they are worthy to represent Romania in Brussels

The total number of people enrolled in the Electoral Register is 18,987,675 persons, of which 18,835 have their voting rights revoked.

“Of the total number of voters enrolled in the Electoral Register, excepting those with voting rights revoked, a number of 700,843 Romanian citizens holding the right to vote have their residence abroad and possess passports for Romanian citizens abroad (CRDS). The total number of Romanian voters enrolled in the permanent electoral lists (persons that have residence in Romania) is 18,267,997 persons”, a release of the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP) sent to AGERPRES on Saturday informs.

Following communication with institutions with similar competencies in other EU member states, 454 persons that have registered to vote in other EU states were identified and removed from the Electoral Register. Of these, 379 were on the permanent electoral lists, having their residence in Romania and were removed from the lists regarding the European Parliament elections, and 75 were Romanians that have residence abroad.

All the 454 persons will appear in the dedicated register of the System to monitor voter turnout and illegal vote prevention (SIMPV) for the European Parliament elections and were reported to Electoral Bureau no. 48 which manages polling stations abroad.

“We also mention that the special electoral lists saw the registration of 114 citizens from the EU community who expressed their wish to vote for Romania’s representatives in the European Parliament,” the release shows.

After all the updates, the electoral lists for the European Parliament elections look thusly: the total number of voters inscribed in the permanent electoral lists is 18,267,618 persons; the total number of voters on special electoral lists is 114, and the total number of Romanian citizens with residence abroad that hold the right to vote is 700,768 persons.

“In generating the permanent electoral lists for the national consultative referendum called by the President of Romania the 379 Romanian citizens that enrolled on the voting lists of other states to vote for their representatives in the European Parliament were not removed. We also mention that citizens of the EU residing in Romania do not have the possibility to vote in this referendum,” the AEP shows.

Consequently, for the national referendum, the total number of voters enrolled in the permanent voting lists is 18,267,997.

Besides them, the Electoral Register also has 700,843 persons that reside abroad and have the right to vote in this referendum.

 

The electoral campaign for the European Parliament elections ended on Saturday at 7.00 hrs.

 

For thirty days, the parties that entered the race for a spot in the European Parliament, but also some independent candidates tried to convince the electorate that they are worthy to represent Romania in Brussels.

Also in this period, voters were informed regarding the national referendum called by President Klaus Iohannis on the topic of the judiciary. Citizens that hold the right to vote can also express their opinion on the topics proposed by the head of state on Sunday.

According to the laws in force, after the end of the electoral campaign, it’s forbidden to broadcast electoral messages in audio, visual or mixed media on screens in public or private places, or through specially-made vehicles.

The chairman of the electoral bureau of the polling station, together with its members, must be present in the polling station, on Saturday, at 18.00 hrs, in order to take any measures necessary to ensure the order and correctness of the polling operations. He will also be responsible for removing any and all electoral propaganda materials inside and outside the polling stations, according to the law.

Sunday, the activity of the electoral bureau will start at 6.00 hrs, and the polling stations will open at 7.00 hrs and stay open until 21.00 hrs.

On the day of the vote, between 7.00 -21.00 hrs, the selling and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the protection space of the polling station is forbidden.

Presenting exit polls before the end of the vote is also forbidden.

For the two votes on Sunday voters will receive three ballots – one for the European Parliament elections and two for the referendum. They will use the same stamp for all three ballots. Inserting a bulletin in the wrong urn invalidates the vote.

In the referendum, the citizens are called to vote “Yes” or “No” regarding the following questions:

 

  1. “Do you agree with the forbidding of amnesty and clemency for crimes of corruption?”

 

  1. “Do you agree with the forbidding of the adoption, by Government, of emergency ordinances in the realm of crimes, punishments and judiciary organization, and with the extension of the right to attack ordinances directly at the Constitutional Court?”.

 

Thirteen political organizations and three independent candidates joined the electoral race for the European Parliament.

Lists were submitted by the Social Democrat Party (PSD), the 2020 USR PLUS Alliance [formed by USR – Save Romania Union, PLUS – Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party], the Pro Romania Party, the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), the National Liberal Party (PNL), the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), the PRODEMO Party, the Popular Movement Party (PMP), the Romanian Socialist Party (PSR), the Independent Social Democrat Party (PSDI), the United Romania Party (PRU), the National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR), and the National Unity Bloc (BUN). Three independent candidates also submitted their candidacy – Gregoriana-Carmen Tudoran, George Nicolae Simion and Peter Costea.

Over 18.000.000 citizens holding the right to vote are expected to turn up to the polls. The two votes will see the organization of 18.730 polling stations within Romania and 441 for citizens abroad.

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