Romania: Start of electoral campaign for presidential runoff


The electoral campaign for the presidential runoff started on Thursday, Nov. 26, Traian Basescu and Mircea Geoana having less than two weeks to convince the electorate.The electoral campaign will end on Dec. 5, at 7:00 hrs, Romanians being called to the ballot boxes again on Dec. 6.

The electoral campaign for the presidential runoff started on Thursday, Nov. 26, Traian Basescu and Mircea Geoana having less than two weeks to convince the electorate.

According to the legal provisions, the electoral campaign started immediately after the Constitutional Court validated the presidential elections result and published it in the Official Gazette.

Romania’s Constitutional Court (CCR) confirmed on Thursday evening that Traian Basescu and Mircea Geoana will participate in the presidential elections runoff, organized on Dec. 6.

Traian Basescu underlined he obtained a stage victory in the presidential race, adding that the vote cast by the electorate was ‘clearly for the right’, under conditions in which the candidates backed by the Democrat Liberal Party (PD-L) and the National Liberal Party (PNL) have got more than 50 percent of Romanians’ votes. He stated that his sole partner in the presidential runoff is the Romanian people and maintained that the politicians ‘understood nothing’ from the vote cast in the referendum, on Sunday and, as such, the public debates are now linked to votes ‘trading’.

Social democrat Mircea Geoana stressed, in his turn, that he starts from zero in the presidential runoff. He announced that the social democrats’ option is to form a social liberal majority, built around Klaus Johannis, as Prime Minister.

Just three days after the conclusion of the first elections round PNL and PSD have signed a political accord for the setting up of a governmental majority and for the endorsement of Klaus Johannis as Premier, which also provides support for Mircea Geoana in the presidential runoff.

According to the document called ‘Agreement for getting Romania out of the crisis’, the PSD and PNL assumed goals are: to get Romania out of the economic, political and moral crisis, restore the solidarity and trust between Romanians, secure a governance set to lead to a balanced development of the country, restore its international prestige and promote a foreign policy to the Romanians’ benefit, as well as recommence the dialogue and cooperation between the powers in the state, the government and social partners.

President of the Greater Romania Party Corneliu Vadim Tudor urged his electorate not to go to the polls on Dec. 6, and ‘boycott – through absenteeism and scorn this impudent masquerade’. ‘This is the sole form of protest Romanians still have against an accursed Mafia perpetuated at the helm for 20 years’, said PRM leader.

Candidate of the New Generation Party Christian and Democrat Gigi Becali said that Geoana will score a clear victory in the runoff. PNG-CD leader also stressed that if Geoana asks him, he will get involved into an ‘active campaign’ in order to endorse his bid.

The electoral campaign for the runoff is going to observe the same rules.

The electoral campaign will end on Dec. 5, at 7:00 hrs, Romanians being called to the ballot boxes again on Dec. 6.

The two candidates will participate in televised debates in this period, as well as in meetings with the electorate.

In two days since the start of the electoral campaign the TV and radio programme schedule for its covering will be established.

The presidential runoff will be held on Dec. 6, starting with 7:00 hrs and is to be concluded at 21:00 hrs, going to take place in the same polling stations and electoral constituencies, and the same electoral bureaus are to manage the operations based on the same electors list as in the presidential elections first round.

The persons accredited to assist to the electoral operations in the first round are rightfully accredited to assist these operations in the presidential runoff, as well.

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