The Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP) removes from the number of people taken into account when setting the 30 percent electoral threshold for validating the referendum the Romanians that have addresses registered abroad. The removal is the result of 2013 legislative amendments and their interpretation by the AEP, according to G4Media.ro that cites sources from the institution.
In the last press releases, AEP announced that 18,951,721 people are enrolled in the Electoral Register and 18,279,534 people have registered addresses in the country. But AEP did not specified the number of people to refer when setting the threshold of the referendum.
Sources from the Permanent Authority have stated for G4Media.ro that AEP will report in the public communications at the lowest figure, i.e. the number of persons residing in the country is registered in the electoral register.
But the referendum will be validated by the Constitutional Court and it will decide on what basis of calculation it will report.
Taking into account only citizens with domicile in Romania to set the electoral threshold at the Referendum reduces the quorum needed by 201,656 votes, from 5,685,516 persons to 5,483,860, representing 30 percent of the figures announced by AEP .