Thursday, June 23, 2011

AP: Romania to elect mayors in one round rather than in run-off system

BUCHAREST, Romania - President Traian Basescu has approved a law changing the way mayors are elected in Romania.

Basescu says Wednesday he approved the law in which mayors will be elected in one round in a first-past-the-post system, replacing the current system where there are runoffs in towns where no candidate managed to get more than 50 per cent of the votes.

The law was voted by Parliament on May 31. Supporters of the change say the new law saves money because there is only one round of voting.

However, opposition politicians say it will strengthen the hand of the ruling Democratic Liberal Party and its junior partner, the party representing the interest of Romania's 1.4 million ethnic Hungarians.

Romania's next local elections are scheduled for 2012.

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