CCR president presents ruling on referendum to Parliament

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President of Romania’s Constitutional Court (CCR) Ioan Vida on Monday, before the plenum of Parliament, presented the ruling on the results of the November 22 referendum on switching from a bicameral Parliament to a unicameral one and reducing the number of parliamentarians to 300 at most.

“The Constitutional Court rules as follows: It finds that they observed the procedure of organizing and developing the national referendum of November 22, 2009. It confirms the results of the referendum of November 22, 2009 and finds that, out of the total number of 18,293,277 people on the permanent electoral registers, 9,320, 240 went to the polls, a sufficient number for the referendum to be declared valid in keeping with the provisions of Art 5, Paragraph 2 of Law 3/2000.

The Court also finds that, by the validly cast votes, 72.31 percent of the voters answered ‘yes’ to the question ‘Do you agree to a unicameral Parliament?’ and 83,31 percent of the validly cast votes are for the ‘yes’ answer to the question ‘Do you agree to reducing the number of parliamentarians to 300 at most?’,” said Vida. He added that the referendum on questions of national interest was consultative.

Romania’s President issued Decree 1507 on organizing a national referendum, published in the Official Gazette on October 22, 2009, by which he asked Romania’s citizens to have their say on two questions: the switch to a unicameral Parliament and the reduction of the number of parliamentarians to 300 at most. Here are the questions that were written down on the voting papers: “Do you agree to switching to a unicameral Parliament in Romania?” and “Do you agree to reducing the number of parliamentarians to 300 at most?”

CCR president presents ruling on referendum to Parliament
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