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PM Orban: It is premature to talk about possible postponement of local elections

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Thursday in (southeast) Constanta that it is premature to talk about a possible postponement of the date of the local elections, even if in the last 48 hours over a thousand cases of coronavirus have been confirmed daily nationwide.

“At the moment, I do not have this intention. Our main concern is to mobilize at full capacity to stop the spread of the epidemic and all our actions are aimed to this effect. For the time being, it is premature, from my point of view, to talk about a possible postponement of the elections. We will conduct a professional assessment of the existing epidemiological risk for each type of activity in the election campaign and especially in the organization of the vote. An election campaign can be organized so as to avoid public gatherings, to avoid close contact, campaigning can be conducted in open spaces, on the media, online, the polling stations and the voting process can be organized so that there is no risk of transmitting the virus,” said Orban, according to Agerpres.

Ludovic Orban reiterated that the Government he leads does not want to impose new restrictions on the population and says that the number of those who “do not believe in the deniers’ gibberish” is increasing.

 

“According to constitutional provisions, parliamentary elections should be held on December 6”

 

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Thursday in Constanta that December 6 is the only date when parliamentary elections can be held this year in compliance with all the constitutional provisions, and that Parliament should consider this date.

“Following the somewhat weird ruling of the Constitutional Court, it somehow results that both Parliament and the government can set the election date, but that the decision as to who is to set this date falls on Parliament. In the light of this constitutional ruling, I am sure that Parliament will want to decide the date of the parliamentary election. All I have to tell them is this: according to the provisions of the Constitution, the parliamentary election must be on December 6. It’s the date that meets all the the constitutional requirements and the needs related to the conclusion of the term of the current Parliament,” Orban said.

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