Friday, October 30, 2009

NGOs warn of fraud in Romanian elections

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian pro-democracy groups claim that a referendum held at the same time as presidential elections is illegal and could lead to fraud.

Four groups say President Traian Basescu, who is running for re-election, has an unfair advantage in the Nov. 22 double vote.

They said in a joint statement Thursday that Basescu had begun the campaign for the referendum to downsize parliament early. They say the two votes will increase the likelihood of fraud.

Mircea Toma, director of the Agency for Press Monitoring, said Friday that Basescu "has one poster with the referendum and one with the presidential race. It is not allowed."

The constitutional court will rule on their complaint.

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