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Monday, November 29, 2004
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The results released by the Central Electoral Bureau based on half of the total count gave PSD - the governing party - more than 35 percent in Sunday's election, lead than three percentage points ahead of the centrist D.A. - Justice and Truth Alliance's 32.5 percent.

Given the results of the Sunday Election I am sure it will be extremely difficult for anybody to form the government and probably Romania will see, for the first time after 1989, a shorter parliamentary term and an early election.

In my opinion it is a very interesting situation. It is interesting to analyze, debate and even predict the future development of the situation. It is interesting to predict the future alliances and treasons

The figures indicated neither party would be able to form a majority in parliament and would have to seek partnership for a coalition government with either the nationalist Greater Romania Party, which scored about 13 percent, or its rival ethnic Hungarian Party, which netted about 8 percent.The presidential race was also close, with Prime Minister Adrian Nastase winning 38.90 percent, while main challenger Traian Basescu scored 34.82 percent, leading to a runoff vote on Dec. 12.

The opposition alleged fraud, with Basescu saying he had video evidence showing that the governing party bused its supporters around the country to vote repeatedly. He says the alleged fraud affected the results by 5 to 7 percent.``Romania has the right to have fair elections,'' said Basescu, adding that his party will ask for lists of voters to identify those who cast their ballots multiple times.

I personaly think we, as individuals, as citizens, as communities and as the civil society should not stay still and be quiet about it. We accepted the Constitution breach of Mr Iliescu who was still the President of Romania but deeply involved in the PSD electoral campaign...but I feel that we should not let them get away with this 'voting tourism' incident.

I am, and this is my personal opinion, convinced that we haven't the slightest chance to become a modern and powerful nation as long as those who rule us will behave like thieves, desperate to fill their pockets with votes and/or money.

Pro Democratia, said some of its 3,300 monitors saw buses full of PSD supporters touring the countryside, raising the prospect of multiple voting.

The OSCE (The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) - said the vote ``seemed to be professionally and efficiently organized,'' but cautioned about procedures which made it possible for people to vote multiple times.

Romania's new president will lead Romania as it must implements economic and judicial reforms aimed at gaining EU membership by 2007. He will take over from Ion Iliescu, who is stepping down after leading Romania for 11 of the 15 years since the communist dictatorship was overthrown. (and these 11 years are for sure more than the two constitutional terms...)

I feel that it is still in our POWER to complete our public request and desire for change and evolution, voting on Sunday, December 12... a NEW President.

Posted by Cristian C. Francu : 11/29/2004 08:29:00 pm About the Sunday Elections in Romania
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