Elections in Romania

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Romania elects on a national level a head of state – the president – and a legislature. The president is elected for a five-year term by the people (after a change from four-year terms after the 2004 election). The Romanian Parliament (Parlamentul României) has two chambers. The Chamber of Deputies (Camera Deputaţilor) has 346 members, elected for a four-year term by proportional representation. The Senate (Senatul) has 143 members, elected for a four-year term by mixed member proportional representation. Romania has a multi-party system, with numerous parties in which no one party often has a chance of gaining power alone, and parties must work with each other to form coalition governments.

In 2007, for the first time, Romanians elected their representatives to the European Parliament. The date for these elections was 25 November. See also European Parliament election, 2007.

Electoral system[edit]

President[edit]

The President is elected in a two round system for a five-year term. If one candidate obtains a majority of 50%+1 of all registered voters in the first round, he or she is declared the winner. If none of the candidates achieve this, then a run-off is held between the two contenders with the top scores in the first round. The candidate who obtains any majority of votes in the run-off is declared the winner.

The term of the president is five years. Between 1992 and 2004 the term was of four years, but was increased following the 2003 Constitutional referendum. One person can serve a maximum of two terms, that may be consecutive.

In order to be able to run for the Office of President a candidate must fulfill the following conditions: be born a Romanian citizen, be at least 40 years of age (at least on the day of the election), and not have held the office for two terms since 1992, when the 1991 Constitution took effect.

Parliament[edit]

The electoral colleges of the constituencies for the Chamber of Deputies
The electoral colleges of the constituencies for the Senate

The Chamber of Deputies and the Senate are elected in constituencies, by universal, equal, direct, secret, and freely expressed suffrage, on the basis of a list system and independent candidatures, according to the principle of closed party list proportional representation. The option for an identical election system of the two Chambers of Parliament confers them the same legitimacy, as both of them are the expression of the will of the same electoral body.

The two Chambers have different numbers of members: the Chamber of Deputies is composed of 332 Deputies, and the Senate of 137 Senators. This differentiation is possible owing to the legal provision of a representation norm differing from one Chamber to the other. Thus, for the election of the Chamber of Deputies the representation norm is of one Deputy to 70,000 inhabitants, and for the election of the Senate, of one Senator to 160,000 inhabitants.

The number of Deputies and Senators to be elected in each constituency is determined on the basis of the representation norm, by relating the number of inhabitants in each constituency to the representation norm. In a constituency, the number of Deputies cannot be less than four, and that of Senators, less than two. The number of inhabitants taken into account is that existing on 1 July of the previous year, published in the Statistical Yearbook of Romania. If, at least five months before the election date, a general census has taken place, the number of inhabitants taken into account is that resulting from the census.

The Constitution of Romania and the Election Law grant to legally constituted organizations of citizens belonging to national minorities, in case these could not obtain at the election at least one Deputy or Senator mandate, the right to a Deputy mandate, if they have obtained throughout the country a number of votes equal to at least 5% out of the average number of votes validly expressed throughout the country for the election of one Deputy.

The mandates assigned, under the conditions of the Election Law, to organizations of citizens belonging to national minorities are added to the Deputy mandates resulted from the representation norm.

European Parliament[edit]

To elect the 32 MEPs (35 MEPs between 2007 and 2009, 33 between 2009 and 2014), Romania is considered a single constituency. The system used is closed party list proportional representation, with a 5% threshold of the votes.

Local elections[edit]

To elect the mayors the first past the post is used. The candidate who wins most of the votes is declared elected.

For the office of Presidents of the County Councils, since 2008 the first pass the post system is used. Until 2008, the County Council Presidents were indirectly elected, by the County Council.

To elect the Local and County Councils, the closed party list proportional representation, with a 5% threshold of the votes at the constituency level (city, commune or county).

Voting procedures[edit]

Irrespective of the type of election, the vote is done by using paper and manual counting. The voter is required to prove his/hers identity using the Identity card (or the previous version, the Identity bulletin), or, for special reasons, the military ID or the passport. After (s)he signs in the permanent, supplemental, or special electoral list, (s)he is handed a voting ballot (buletin de vot) and a stamp that reads VOTAT YYYY TTT (voted); YYYY stands for the year the election is held, and TTT for the type of elections to be held: L for local elections (including partial), PE for European Parliament election, R for referendums (R.V.U. was used in 2007). For the general election, up to now, there was no additional type indicator, as it is granted most importance.

For the local and parliamentary elections, the voter can vote only at the polling station where (s)he has the permanent address (domiciliu), or the temporary residence (flotant) at least three months old. For the local election, the Romanians outside Romania cannot vote. For the parliamentary election they vote the candidates for the 43rd constituency. For the European Parliament and presidential elections the voters can vote at a different pooling station than the local and parliamentary elections, but only if (s)he is not in the home-town the voting day.

The voting ballot is printed on newspaper paper, monochrome. All the candidates (or the full candidate list) are listed in a lottery type established order (first the parliamentary parties, than the non-parliamentary parties, and at the end, the independent candidates), each in a clearly designated rectangular that consists of the full party name, the candidate (or full list) and the party logo. Voters express their choice buy stamping the rectangular of the party or independent candidate (s)he wishes to vote for. For referendums the same voting procedure is used. Each of the two options (YES – DA and NO – NU) are in a 5×5 cm square, YES on top and NO at the bottom, and the question voted for in the middle of the voting ballot.

Future elections[edit]

Election schedule[edit]

Election type Date Second round date
Local June 2016 June 2016
if needed
Legislative December 2016
European Spring 2019
Presidential November/December 2019 November/December 2019
if needed

Latest elections[edit]

Presidential[edit]

e • d Summary of the 2 November and 16 November 2014 Romanian presidential election results
Candidates First round Runoff
Candidate Sustaining alliance or party Votes % Votes %
Klaus Iohannis Christian Liberal Alliance (PNLPDL) 2,881,406 30.37% 6,288,769 54.43%
Victor Ponta PSDUNPRPC Alliance[a] 3,836,093 40.44% 5,264,383 45.56%
Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu Independent[b] 508,572 5.36%
Elena Udrea PMPPNȚCD Alliance 493,376 5.20%
Monica Macovei Independent 421,648 4.44%
Dan Diaconescu People's Party – Dan Diaconescu 382,526 4.03%
Corneliu Vadim Tudor Greater Romania Party 349,416 3.68%
Hunor Kelemen Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania 329,727 3.47%
Teodor Meleșcanu Independent 104,131 1.09%
Zsolt Szilágyi Hungarian People's Party of Transylvania 53,146 0.56%
Gheorghe Funar Independent 45,405 0.47%
William Brînză Romanian Ecologist Party 43,194 0.45%
Constantin Rotaru Socialist Alternative Party 28,805 0.30%
Mirel Mircea Amariței PRODEMO Party 7,895 0.08%
Total valid votes 9,485,340 100.00% 11,553,152 100.00%
Invalid/blank votes 237,761 2.44% 166,111 1.41%
Turnout 9,723,232 53.17% 11,719,344 64.10%
Registered voters 18,284,066[c] 18,280,994[c]
Notes
  1. ^ Alternatively it is known as Social Democratic Union (USD). Legally this alliance cannot use this name, as it belonged to an alliance between Democratic Party and Romanian Social Democratic Party.
  2. ^ The legal requirements for the registration of the Liberal Reformist Party were not fulfilled in due time for this election. As a result, Tăriceanu ran as an independent.
  3. ^ According to the Central Electoral Bureau.[1][2]
Source: Biroul Electoral Central; Biroul Electoral Central; Biroul Electoral Central


European Parliament[edit]

Elections were marked by the splitting of the Social Liberal Union (USL) two months earlier. The National Liberal Party ran alone, while the former allies (Social Democratic Party, National Union for the Progress of Romania, and Conservative Party) ran as an alliance that they tried to name Social Democratic Union (USD); legal provisions made this impossible. These were the first elections for the People's Movement Party, and the last for the Democratic Liberal Party, and the Civic Force, as later in 2014 they merged into the National Liberal Party.


e • d Summary of the June 2014 European Parliament election results in Romania
Party No. of
Candidates
Votes Elected Change
in seats
 % of seats  % of votes
National Party EU Party EP Group
Social Democratic Union
(Uniunea Social Democrată)
PES S&D 2,093,237 16 Increase 5 50% 37.60%
National Liberal Party
(Partidul Naţional Liberal)
ALDE ALDE Group 835,531 6 Increase 1 15.00%
Democratic Liberal Party[a]
(Partidul Democrat Liberal)
EPP EPP Group 680,853 5 Decrease 5 12.23%
Independent candidate: Mircea Diaconu ALDE 379,582 1 Increase 1 6.81%
Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania
(Uniunea Democrată a Maghiarilor din România)
EPP EPP Group 350,689 2 Decrease 1 6.29%
People's Movement Party
(Partidul Mișcarea Populară)[b]
EPP Group 345,973 2 Increase 2 6.21%
People's Party – Dan Diaconescu
(Partidul Poporului – Dan Diaconescu)
No MEPs 204,310 3.67%
Greater Romania Party
(Partidul România Mare)
NI 150,484 Decrease 3 2.70%
Civic Force
(Forța Civică)
EPP
(applied)
No MEPs 145,181 2.60%
Ecologist Party of Romania
(Partidul Ecologist Român)
No MEPs 64,232 1.15%
Total: 18,221,061 expected voters (turnout 5,911,794 – 32.44%) 32 100 % 100 %
Source: Summary of results

Notes

  1. ^ Elena Băsescu re-joined PD-L after the exit-poll results where published in 2009.
  2. ^ Defectors from Democratic Liberal Party.


Legislative[edit]

The Social Liberal Union (USL) won the general election with over 60% of the most seats in both houses of Parliament.

This election generated a Parliament with 117 seats more than in the pre-election Chamber of Deputies and Senate.

e • d Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Liberal Union 4,457,526 60.10 122 +45
Right Romania Alliance 1,239,318 16.71 24 –27
People's Party – Dan Diaconescu 1,086,822 14.65 21 New
Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania 388,528 5.24 9 0
Greater Romania Party 109,142 1.47 0 0
Hungarian People's Party of Transylvania 58,765 0.79 0 New
Ecologist Party of Romania 58,335 0.79 0 0
People's Party 11,681 0.16 0 0
Socialist Alliance Party 2,171 0.03 0 0
Popular and Social Protection Party 2,100 0.03 0 0
Workers' Social Democratic Party 1,380 0.02 0 0
National Democratic Christian Party 132 0.00 0 0
Independents 728 0.01 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 276,948
Total 7,693,576 100 176 +39
Registered voters/turnout 18,423,066 41.76
Source: BEC
e • d Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Liberal Union 4,344,288 58.63 273 +94
Right Romania Alliance 1,223,189 16.51 56 –59
People's Party – Dan Diaconescu 1,036,730 13.99 47 New
Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania 380,656 5.14 18 –4
Greater Romania Party 92,382 1.25 0 0
Ecologist Party of Romania 58,178 0.79 0 0
Hungarian People's Party of Transylvania 47,955 0.65 0 New
Democratic Forum of Germans 39,175 0.53 1 0
Party of the Roma 22,124 0.30 1 0
Association of Macedonians of Romania 12,212 0.16 1 0
Union of Armenians of Romania 10,761 0.15 1 0
Bulgarian Union of Banat–Romania 10,155 0.14 1 0
Federation of the Jewish Communities in Romania 10,019 0.14 1 0
League of Albanians of Romania 10,010 0.14 1 0
Hellenic Union of Romania 9,863 0.13 1 0
People's Party 9,319 0.13 0 0
Democratic Union of Turkish-Muslim Tatars of Romania 9,291 0.13 1 0
Democratic Union of Slovaks and Czechs in Romania 8,677 0.12 1 0
Community of the Lippovan Russians 8,328 0.11 1 0
Union of Serbs of Romania 8,207 0.11 1 0
Union of Poles of Romania 8,023 0.11 1 0
Association of Italians of Romania 7,943 0.11 1 0
Union of the Ukrainians of Romania 7,353 0.10 1 0
Democratic Turkish Union of Romania 7,324 0.10 1 0
Union of Croatians of Romania 6,281 0.08 1 0
Cultural Union of Ruthenians of Romania 5,265 0.07 1 0
Socialist Alliance Party 2,331 0.03 0 0
Popular and Social Protection Party 929 0.01 0 0
Workers' Social Democratic Party 231 0.00 0 0
National Democratic Christian Party 38 0.00 0 0
Independent candidates 12,389 0.17 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 283,653
Total 7,693,279 100 412 +78
Registered voters/turnout 18,423,066 41.76
Source: BEC

Local[edit]


e • d Summary of the 10 and 24 June 2012 Romanian local election results
Party County Councils
Presidents (PCJ)
County Council
seats (CJ)
Mayors (P) Local Councils
seats (CL)
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Social Liberal Union (PSD, PNL, and PC)[a]
(Uniunea Social Liberală - USL)
4,260,709 49.71 36 4,203,007 49.68 723 2,782,792 33.99 1,292 2,630,123 32.74 12,668
Social Democratic Party[a]
(Partidul Social Democrat - PSD)
22 8,666 0.10 3 731,597 8.93 373 682,378 8.49 4,046
Centre Right Alliance (PNL and PC)[c]
(Alianța de Centru-Dreapta - ACD)
14 52,938 0.64 27 43,532 0.54 244
National Liberal Party[a]
(Partidul Național Liberal - PNL)
9,249 0.10 13 4,755 0.05 2 586,050 7.15 263 532,488 6.63 3,101
Conservative Party[a]
(Partidul Conservator)
1 611 0.00 0 62,591 0.76 14 69,687 0.86 381
Democratic Liberal Party[b]
(Partidul Democrat-Liberal - PDL)
1,268,611 14.80 2 1,289,680 15.24 212 1,241,802 15.17 488 1,116,312 13.89 6,155
People's Party – Dan Diaconescu
(Partidul Poporului – Dan Diaconescu - PP-DD)
787,143 9.18 0 757,194 8.95 134 577,195 7.05 31 668,234 8.32 3,021
Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania
(Uniunea Democrată Maghiară din România - UDMR)
467,420 5.45 2 473,783 5.60 88 400,627 4.89 202 435,205 5.41 2,248
National Union for the Progress of Romania
(Uniunea Națională pentru Progresul României - UNPR)
168,900 1.97 1 204,083 2.41 13 205,274 2.50 24 218,465 2.72 972
Greater Romania Party
(Partidul România Mare - PRM)
150,907 1.76 0 170,667 2.01 0 107,431 1.31 6 172,114 2.14 596
Ecologist Party of Romania
(Partidul Ecologist Român - PER)
63,650 0.74 0 82,581 0.97 2 34,227 0.41 3 59,883 0.74 177
Green Party
(Partidul Verde - PV)
80,697 0.94 0 63,508 0.75 0 24,131 0.29 2 39,199 0.48 113
Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania
(Forumul Democrat al Germanilor din România - FDGR)
69,445 0.81 0 62,085 0.73 11 15,540 0.18 8 18,847 0.23 57
Christian-Democratic National Peasants' Party
(Partidul Național Țărănesc Creștin Democrat - PNȚCD)
31,077 0.36 0 44,733 0.52 0 19,910 0.24 3 38,549 0.47 142
New Generation Party
(Partidul Noua Generație - Creștin Democrat - PNG)
8,377 0.09 0 17,702 0.20 0 12,033 0.14 1 26,381 0.32 108
other competitors[d] 1,204,432 14.09 0 1,077,031 12.79 15 1,331,402 16.26 384 1,280,049 16.02 5,092
Total: 8,570,617 100 41 8,460,086 100 1,338 8,185,540 100 3,121 8,031,446 100 39,121
Invalid votes
Notes
  1. ^ PSD, PNL and PC ran as USL at county level and in the Capital, except in Covasna county, as well as in several other cities and communes. In some cities and communes the three parties ran in other alliances.
  2. ^ PDL ran by itself and in various alliances with different parties through the country. The main color used was light green, despite the official colors still being orange and blue, as used in Cluj.
  3. ^ Alliance between PNL and PC in some of the cities and communes.
  4. ^ Including PDL in various alliances.
Source: Central Electoral Bureau provisional results


Referendums[edit]

The Constitution of Romania defines that a referendum has to be called to:[3]

  • suspend the President from office (article 95), or
  • amend the Constitution (article 151)

Moreover, the Constitution defines that a referendum can be called on matters of national interest by the President of Romania after consultation with Parliament (article 90).

There were 6 referendums in post-communist Romania:

There was also 1 referendum in Socialist Republic of Romania, 3 referendums in Kingdom of Romania and 2 referendums in The Romanian United Principalities.

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