EC advises Romania to investigate diaspora electoral complaints

The European Commission (EC) trusts that the Romanian authorities will investigate complaints received from diaspora after the Sunday’s presidential vote, said Margaritis Schinas, EC’s spokesman, adding that organizing free and fair elections are an indispensable component of democratic values of the EU.

Margaritis Schinas also said the elections are the responsibility of Member States, but stressed that organising free and fair elections are an indispensable component of democratic values upon which the EU was founded.

Some 380,000 Romanians voted abroad in the second round of the Romanian presidential elections, on November 16, more than double compared to the first round, when only 160,000 got to vote. However, there were still some incidents related to the voting abroad, as a few thousand people couldn’t exercise their legal right to vote.

The poor organisation of the voting abroad turned the people against the Government led by Victor Ponta and brought Klaus Iohannis the victory in the presidential elctions.

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