Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Romania Opposition Demands Election Date


21 July 2008
Bucharest _ Romania's government must name the date for this autumn’s parliamentary elections this week or face a political crisis, the opposition Social Democratic Party warns.

"The Government is late with mapping out new electoral colleges. Any further delay will hinder the electoral process, that's why it is important to have a clear date of the next general elections," Cristian Diaconescu, the Social Democratic Party spokesman, said during a press conference.

The Social Democratic Party has suggested the elections to be scheduled no later than the end of November.

Romania is set to hold parliamentary elections this autumn. It will be the first time Romanians will vote directly for a representative in the Parliament, rather than their preferred political party.

The move is part of electoral reforms, which include mapping out new electoral colleges, and allowing Romanians in the diaspora to vote.

The Social Democratic Party is optimistic for the next parliamentary elections, aiming for at least 40 percent of seats.

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