Polls open on second day of Romania’s referendum on enshrining same-sex marriage ban into constitution. Turnout at closing time: 20.41 percent

Georgeta Gheorghe 07/10/2018 | 08:03

The polls have opened at 7 am local time in the second day of the referendum whose purpose is to effectively enshrine in the Romanian constitution the definition of ‘family’ as being the union between a man and a woman. In practice, this would make it very hard for Romanian authorities to rule in favour of same-sex marriage in the future. In order to be validated, the referendum needs to have a turnout of 30 percent, namely  5.483.548. voters. In the first day, the turnout stood at little under 6 percent, with 1,046,583 voters heading to the polls .

22.30 The final number of voters at closing time in the second day went up to only 3,731,704 people, meaning 20.41 percent of the total voters. The referendum will not be validates due to the turnout lower than the minimum percentage needed. In the rural areas the number of voters was 1,901,888, slightly higher than the one in the urban areas, at 1,829,816.

20.30 The turnout at 7 pm stood at 18.87 percent. According to data provided by the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC), 3.450.189 Romanians has voted, 1,705,558 from cities and 1,744,631 from rural areas. It the first time when rural areas overtakes the cities.

17.30. The turnout at 4 pm went up to 15.21 percent. The data of the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) shows that 2.781.918 Romanians has voted, 1,426,989 from the urban areas and 1,354,929 from rural areas.

14.30. The turnout at 1 pm stood at 11.67 percent. According to data provided by the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC), 2,134,57 Romanians had voted by 1 pm, 53. 9 percent in cities (1,150,6708) and 47.1 percent in rural areas

11.30. According to data published by the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC), at 10 am on Sunday, the turnout stood at 7.24 percent. A total of 1,324,642 Romanians had voted by 10 am, 760,071 of them in cities and the reminder of 564,571 in rural areas. The capital Bucharest maintains a slight edge and records a turnout rate above that recorded in the country, of 7.31 percent.

11.20 Romanian President Klaus Iohannis is expected to cast his ballot this evening, in Sibiu, Hotnews reports.

08.30. Ministry of Internal Affairs says that the voting process is proceeding without incidents across the country. The police was in charge of guarding the polling stations throughout the night.

“According to the information currently available, the polling process is running smoothly throughout the country; Just like on the first day, the voting process started at 7.00 and will run until 9.00 pm. During the night the staff of the Ministry of Internal Affairs have guarded the polling stations they gave back this morning to the presidents of the electoral bureaus of the polling stations with the seals intact, ” MAI spokesperson Monica Dajbog said.

UPDATE 07.50. An Expert Forum observer reported irregularities at a voting station in Ghimpati (Giurgiu County, southern Romania). The observer was allegedly barred from doing their job properly and received threats from the president of the polling station. The observer also said the village’s mayor had talked in private with members of the polling station committee outside of the station.

In the first day of the two-day referendum turnout in Bucharest was above the national average, with 6.5 percent. Just like in the first day, voting will take place between 7 am and 9 pm.

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