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Who will represent Romania in the EP

The final results of the elections for the European Parliament have been made public in Romania's Official Journal, so now we know who is going to represent the country in Brussels and Strasbourg.

European Parliament (Photo: Frederic Koberl unsplash.com)
European Parliament (Photo: Frederic Koberl unsplash.com)

, 19.06.2024, 13:50

  

 

On Tuesday night, the Central Electoral Bureau presented the final results of the election for the European Parliament, held on June 9 in Romania. After more than a week of uncertainty, the Official Journal released the memo centralising the vote count and seat allocation, which is the official closure of the EP election.

 

The latest figures only confirmed the ranking and the distance between the election contenders. First placed remains the alliance comprising the Social Democratic Party and the National Liberal Party, which also make up the ruling coalition in Romania, and which got 48.5% of the votes, securing 19 of Romania’s 33 seats in the European Parliament.

 

Second came the Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR), in opposition, which was backed by 14.93% of the voters. AUR will send 6 MEPs in the European legislative body.

 

The United Right Alliance ranks 3rd, having received 8.71% of the votes. Save Romania Union (USR), the People’s Movement Party and the Force of the Right thus secured 3 Deputy seats.

 

The Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania, with 6.48% of the votes, and S.O.S. Romania Party with 5.03%, have barely made the threshold and will also contribute 2 MEPs each. Adding to them is Ştefănuţă Nicolae Bogdănel, a former USR member who ran independently and was voted by 3.08% of the Romanians.

 

According to the Central Electoral Bureau, the turnout was 9,444,894, accounting for 52.4% of the total eligible voters in Romania. For the EP election, organised by Romania concurrently with its local elections, 18,955 polling stations were opened in the country and 915 abroad. The total number of valid votes cast in the polling stations abroad was 210,410.

 

The Social Democrats and the Liberals won the election for the EP in the diaspora as well, with 21.35% of the votes, followed by the United Right Alliance with 16.34%, and by AUR, with 14.65%. S.O.S. Romania carried 13.52% of the votes, REPER Party 9.7%, the United Diaspora Party 7.05%, and the non-affiliated candidate Ştefănuţă Nicolae-Bogdănel 5.9%.

 

Romania is to organise 2 more elections this year. In autumn, Romanians will be asked to elect the country’s president and the members of the national parliament. But while the general election date has already been set for December 8, the date of the presidential vote is still subject to negotiations between the Social Democrats and the Liberals in the ruling coalition. (AMP)

 

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