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Local elections 2020. Exit polls point to Nicusor Dan’s victory at the Bucharest City Hall with 8pct ahead Gabriela Firea: Today is new Bucharest’s birthday

Independent candidate Nicusor Dan, endorsed by the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Save Romania Union (USR) – the Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (PLUS) Alliance garnered on Sunday 47.2% of Bucharesters’ votes for the Capital General Mayor position, and the current mayor, Gabriela Firea, the Social Democratic Party (PSD) candidate, was credited with 39% of the votes, according to the CURS – Avangarde exit poll.

Third was People’s Movement Party’s (PMP) candidate, Traian Basescu, with 8.6% of Bucharesters’ votes, followed at a distance by the Green Party candidate, Florin Calinescu, with 1.7%, and Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) candidate Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, with 1.6%.

According to the CURS – Avangarde exit poll, PRO Bucuresti 2020 Alliance candidate Ioan Sirbu got 0.6% of the votes, Alexandru-Ion Coita (PRR) – 0.3%, and Harry-Ilan Laufer (PFIN) – 0.1%.

Candidates supported by PNL, USR PLUS Alliance win in Districts 1, 2, 5 and 6

Four of the six mayoralties in Bucharest were won, on Sunday, by the candidates supported by the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Save Romania Union (USR) – the Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (PLUS) Alliance, namely Districts 1, 2, 5 and 6, and in the other two districts – 3 and 4 – the mayors in office have kept their mandates, according to the results of the exit poll conducted by CURS – Avangarde.

In District 5, two candidates obtained the same score.

In District 1, Clotilde Armand, the PNL – USR PLUS candidate garnered 47% of the Bucharesters’ options, while Daniel Tudorache, the PSD candidate, obtained 37.7%, followed by Ioana Constantin (People’s Movement Party, PMP) with 7.5%, Adina Magdalena Alberts (Alliance Pro Bucharest 2020) – 1.8% and Amalia Nenovici (the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, ALDE) and Daniel Bucura (independent) with 1.5% each.

In District 2, Radu Mihaiu, the PNL – USR PLUS candidate, obtained 42% of Bucharesteres’ options, while Dan Cristian Popescu, the PSD candidate, obtained 31%, followed by Neculai Ontanu (the Adhere to Democracy Education and Reconstruction Party – the Humanist Power Party, ADER PPU-SL Alliance) with 12, 9%.

In District 3, Robert Negoita (Alliance Pro Bucharest 2020) garnered 39% of Bucharest’s preferences, followed by Adrian Moraru (PNL – USR PLUS candidate) with 34%, Aurelian Badulescu (PSD) with 14.1% and Mihail Neamtu (PMP ) with 8.1%.

In District 4, Daniel Baluta, the PSD candidate, obtained 55% of the Bucharesters’ options, while Simona Elena Spataru, the candidate supported by PNL and USR PLUS obtained 37%.

In District 5, Cristian Bacanu, the PNL – USR PLUS candidate, obtained 27.3% of the electorate’s preferences, at apr with Cristian Popescu Piedone (Humanist Power Party), while Daniel Florea, the PSD candidate, obtained 24.3% , and Marian Vanghelie (Independent Social Democratic Party) – 14.2%, Catalin Iliescu (PMP) – 4%, Ion Voicu (ALDE) – 1.3%.

In district 6, Ciprian Ciucu, the candidate supported by PNL – USR PLUS, was voted by 48.2% of the voters, while Gabriel Mutu, the PSD candidate, obtained 35.2%, followed by Stefan Florescu (PMP) with 7.4%.

CGMB: PSD – 33.7%, USR PLUS Alliance – 33.1%, PNL – 17.3%

The Social Democratic Party (PSD) garnered, on Sunday, 33.7% of the votes in the local elections for the General Council of the Municipality of Bucharest (CGMB), the USR PLUS Alliance – 33.1%, and the National Liberal Party (PNL ) was credited with 17.3%, according to the results of the exit poll conducted by CURS – Avangarde.

The People’s Movement Party obtained 7.2% of the votes for the General Council of Bucharest, followed by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats Party with 2.2%, the Pro Bucharest 2020 Alliance – with 1.8% and the Green Party – 1.2%.

Other parties obtained percentages below one percent: the Greater Romania Party and the Romanian Ecologist Party – 0.6% each, the Adhere to Democracy Education and Reconstruction Party (ADER) and the Independent Social Democratic Party – 0.5% each, and the the Humanist Power Party (social-liberal) – 0.4%.

Nicusor Dan: Today is new Bucharest’s birthday

Deputy Nicusor Dan, candidate to the Capital’s General Mayor office, endorsed by the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Save Romania Union (USR) – the Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (PLUS) alliance, said on Sunday evening, after the announcement of the exit polls results, that he is confident that after the vote counting he will be the new mayor of Bucharest.

“Today is the birthday of the new Bucharest. I am confident that after the vote counting I will be the Capital’s mayor,” he said, during a press statement held at his campaign headquarters.

Orban: Historic day for PNL

National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman, PM Ludovic Orban, said that Sunday’s local elections represent a historic day for the Liberals.

“For us, the PNL, it is a historic day. For the first time since the Revolution, after 30 years, the PNL registers a clear victory in the local elections and for the first time the PNL beats the PSD [Social Democratic Party] without any shade of a doubt,” Orban said at the PNL headquarters.

Firea: There are no winners or losers; we will know real result in the morning

Bucharest General Mayor Gabriela Firea declared on Sunday evening, after the publication of the exit polls, that there are no winners or losers, and the real results of the local elections will be found on Monday morning.

“In the morning we will know exactly what the real result of the elections is, at least that’s what happened in Bucharest 4 years ago. (…) Therefore, any figure that is announced tonight, results of some polls or exit-poll cannot be the official ones. These are figures resulting from opinion polls. Of course, we take them as such, but that doesn’t mean that there already are winners or losers tonight,” said Gabriela Firea at the campaign headquarters.

Barna, after exit-polls: Romania starts good governance revolution

Local elections results show “Romania has begun the revolution of good governance,” Save Romania Union (USR) – the Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (PLUS) co-chairman Dan Barna says.

“This evening’s results, at least as we see them in the exit polls, show that Romania has begun the revolution of good governance. The results tonight show us that USR PLUS respects its commitment made as early as 2016 to Romanians – that we’ll be that third political force that will matter in the politics in Romania and it will become the alternative to the old political parties,” said Barna after the presentation of the exit polls.

Ciolos: USR-PLUS – a new political force; we witness historic moment

For the Save Romania Union (USR) – the Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (PLUS) Alliance it is a historic moment, Alliance co-chairman Dacian Ciolos said, after the exit polls results were announced.

“You have in front of you a new political force of Romania, as we promised, as by your side, for four years, we have been building this political project. Today I can nothing but thank the 20,000 USR PLUS candidates who ran for town halls and local council seats everywhere in the country,” Ciolos said.

At the same time, he addressed the teams in the polling stations.

“Stand on the barricades until the final moment. The votes are still being counted. There have been theft attempts today, please be very attentive, because the results are being weighed until the last moment. One thing is for certain – we are witnessing a historic moment for the USR PLUS Alliance,” he pointed out, according to Agerpres.

Ciolacu: PNL, sanctioned by Bucharesters for pandemic chaos

The National Liberal party (PNL) was sanctioned by Bucharesters for the pandemic chaos, the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Marcel Ciolacu declared on Sunday evening, at the closing of the polls.

“I thank the thousands of Romanians who voted today with PSD, the people of Bucharest who placed PSD in the first place in the political vote at the moment. I remind you that we have doubled the political vote in Bucharest since the last European elections, when there were 16.2 percent, now the estimate for all exit polls is at least 33 percent. This shows very clearly that the PNL, which ranks third as a political vote in Bucharest was sanctioned by the people of Bucharest for the chaos in the pandemic, for the thieving during the pandemic. (…) We do not know if Mrs. Gabriela Firea has lost, we are waiting for the final results,” said Ciolacu, at the PSD headquarters.

BEC- turnout: 46.02% of electors voted before 21,00

The nationwide voter turnout in the local elections on Sunday until 21,00hrs stood at 46.02% – 8,420,737 electors having turned out to vote, according to the data announced by the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC).

A number of 3,912,345 citizens exercised their right to vote in urban areas and 4,508,388 in rural areas.

According to BEC, the voter turnout in Bucharest was 36.93%, namely 671,741 voters.

A share of 42.85% of the total voters registered on the lists voted in Sector 1 of the Capital, in Sector 2 – 37.95%, in Sector 3 – 30.78%, in Sector 4 – 37.92%, in Sector 5 – 38.35 % , and in Sector 6 – 38.54%.

The highest turnout is registered in the counties of Giurgiu – 59.43%, Olt – 58.48% and Teleorman – 58.12%, and the lowest in Bucharest – 36.93%, Iasi – 37.28%, Vaslui – 37.40%.

The turnout by counties was the following:

* Alba – 50.12%

* Arad – 45.08%

* Arges – 49.84%

* Bacau – 41.56%

* Bihor – 52.23%

* Bistrita-Nasaud – 51.80%

* Botosani – 44.65%

* Brasov – 42%

* Braila – 41.50%

* Buzau – 52.8%

* Caras-Severin – 48.57%

* Calarasi – 55.05%

* Cluj – 42.90%

* Constanţa – 46.28%

* Covasna – 40.66%

* Dambovita – 53.34%

* Dolj – 50.25%

* Galati – 40.22%

* Giurgiu – 59.43%

* Gorj – 54%

* Harghita – 42.29%

* Hunedoara – 45.80%

* Ialomita – 50.44%

* Iasi – 37.28%

* Ilfov – 52.54%

* Maramures – 46.13%

* Mehedinti – 55.40%

* Mures – 49.39%

* Neamt – 43.21%

* Olt – 58.48%

* Prahova – 48.04%

* Satu Mare – 45.02%

* Salaj – 52.67%

* Sibiu – 42.57%

* Suceava – 45.08%

* Teleorman – 58.12%

* Timis – 43.20%

* Tulcea – 48.12%

* Vaslui – 37.40%

* Valcea – 52.61%

* Vrancea – 50.13%.

In 2016, the voter turnout by 21,00hrs stood at 48.4%.

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