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Romanians to polls on Sunday to elect the President


Romanians are called to polls on Sunday, November 10, for the first round of presidential election. The President will be elected for a 5-year term.

According to the Central Electoral Bureau, the order on the ballot papers will be the following: Klaus Iohannis - National Liberal Party, Theodor Paleologu - People's Movement Party, Dan Barna - Save Romania Union - PLUS Alliance, Kelemen Hunor - Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania, Viorica Dancila - Social Democratic Party, Catalin Ivan - The Alternative for National Dignity, Ninel Peia - Romanian People Party, Sebastian-Constantin Popescu - New Romania Party, John-Ion Banu - Romanian Nation Party, Mircea Diaconu - 'UN OM' Alliance, Bogdan Marian Stanoevici - independent, Ramona-Ioana Bruynseels - Humanist Power Party, Viorel Catarama - Liberal Right, Alexandru Cumpanasu - independent. The order was determined by draw.

In the event of a second round of election, Romanians abroad will be able to vote on November 22, 23 and 24, at the same hours.

PNL accuses PSD of trying to block the ballot

As more prefects named by PSD (Social Democratic Party) had filed requests for medical leave, claiming they are ill, Liberals accused the Social Democrats of trying to block the presidential election.

“I saw prefects getting sick. It must be a virus something, an epidemic,” PM Ludovic Orban told Interior Minister when the latter reported that two prefects had got sick.

Prefects are the ones who organise elections in the county structures.

PM Orban said later on that no prefect appointed by PSD will stay in office, accusing that their medical leaves are a strategy through which they cannot be dismissed for the moment.

Interior minister Marcel Vela has ironically commented that he will send doctors in Arad to see why the prefect and the sub-prefect had suddenly gone on medical leave right before elections, adding that “the two may have received the wrong medication””.