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President Iohannis promulgates law allowing Romanians in the diaspora to vote for two days in December’s parliamentary elections

President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday promulgated the law on the modification and supplementing of some normative acts in the electoral field that allows Romanians in the diaspora to vote for two days in December’s parliamentary elections.

The normative act stipulates that the Romanian electors living abroad will be able to exercise their right to vote on the additional electoral lists at a different polling station that the one in the constituency they belong to, in the event in which they have recently changed address.

“At home, in Romania, people will only be able to vote in a single day, Sunday. Abroad, people will be able to vote on Saturday, the day before the vote, and Sunday,” says the law.

Ciolacu: Romanians in the diaspora will not be able to vote in the parliamentary elections, we should discuss this issue in Parliament

The Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Marcel Ciolacu, declared, on Wednesday, in a press conference held in Targoviste, that Romanians in the diaspora will not be able to vote in the parliamentary elections in the countries where they live, because the respective states do not allow Romania to set up sections, and this issue should be discussed in Parliament.

“The big problem in the parliamentary elections is quite different. All European states have told us that there will not agree to the opening of polling stations in their countries. In other words, the whole diaspora will not have the opportunity to vote. I think this is a major question mark and we should have a serious discussion in Parliament with all political leaders, let’s see what needs to be done,” Ciolacu said.

He stressed that the right to vote is a fundamental one. “In the Constitution, the right to vote and to be elected is fundamental. As far as I remember, in 1989, this was the first thing for which we took to the streets,” the PSD leader added.

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