May 13 confirmed for euro-elections

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Through a draft law, the government approved the model of the list of electors which support an independent nominee to the elections for the European Parliament. The two lists include the name and the electoral sign of the parliamentary parties, organizations which belong to the national minorities, political or electoral alliances, independent nominees as well as the personal information of the citizens who support the parties, alliances or independent nominees. Personal information included in the list include first and last name, date of birth, series and number of identity card, residence and signature.
“Because we are an EU member state we are able to sign an order to support some nominees or some parties – not only the citizens with residence in Romania, but also European citizens with residence in Romania,” said Oana Marinescu, the government's spokesperson.
The fundamental principle on which the normative paper is based is that of the national list with a proportional voting system and 5 percent electoral limit. The lists, which can be submitted to the Central Electoral Office (BEC) 30 days before the elections, must be supported by the signatures of a minimum of 200,000 voters, and in the case of independent nominees, at least 100,000 voters.
Romanian citizens with the right to vote who are 23 years old at the date of elections can run. EU citizens with residence in Romania have the right to vote and be elected under the same conditions as Romanian citizens, as so Romanian expats.
EU citizens who submit their candidacy must present a valid identity paper or document and an officially translated certificate released by the relevant state authority from their home country which will attest that they were not stripped of the right to be elected in that state.

Andreea Marinas

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