Polling station 289 from Auckland was the first opened – on Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m., Romania’s time – and Romania’s Ambassador to Australia Mihai Stuparu, accredited to this country as well, was the first Romanian casting his vote, after arriving from Canberra to celebrate Romania’s National Day with the Romanian community in New Zealand.
A number of 170 Romanians cast their vote in the first round of the presidential elections and in the referendum on November 22, in Auckland. Romanians abroad are expected to exercise their electoral options in the 294 polling stations organized all over the world, the voting process having a 35-hour span. At 12:00 noon, Romania’s time, the vote also ends in the three polling stations opened in Australian cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. In the Far East the vote is under way.