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GeneralElection2020 /Over 18,000 polling stations to open in Romania for Sunday's general election

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More than 18 million Romanian voters are expected to go to the polls on Sunday at over 18,000 polling stations to open in the country to elect their representatives to the new Parliament, according to AGERPRES.

Senators and MPs are elected by ballot, according to the principle of proportional representation.

Voting in the country takes place on a single day - Sunday, from 07:00hrs to 21:00hrs.

Romanians residing abroad have 2 days to exercise their vote - Saturday and Sunday.

The number of citizens with the right to vote registered with the Electoral Register as of December 2 is 18,191,396. The total number of Romanian citizens residing abroad with the right to vote in this election is 740,367. As many as 35,808 Romanian citizens abroad have opted to vote by mail by registering on the votstrainatate.ro website, and 3,078 opted to vote in person at the polling station, according to the Standing Electoral Authority (AEP).

As many as 18,802 polling stations open in the country, over 1,200 in Bucharest. In District 1 there are 166 polling stations; in District 2 - 202; in District 3 - 288; in District 4 - 184; in District 5 - 197, and in District 6 - 239.

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Romanian citizens domiciled or residing in Romania can exercise their right to vote at the stations opened in the country by producing one of the following identity documents: identity card, electronic identity card, temporary identity card, diplomatic passport, electronic diplomatic passport, service passport, electronic service passport, or military service card in the case of students from military schools.

According to the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC), voters holding an identity card whose validity expired between March 1 and December 6, 2020 can exercise their right to vote by producing it.

Voters who on the day of voting are in the administrative-territorial unit where they choose residence, other than domicile, may vote only at the polling station where the street or place of residence is allocated, regardless of the date of its establishment, even if proof of residence expires between March 1 and December 6.

According to BEC, voters who on the day of voting are in the administrative-territorial unit where their domicile is may cast their ballots only at the polling station where they are registered with the permanent electoral roll. If they are omitted from the permanent electoral roll, they will be included on a supplementary register.

Voters who on the day of voting are in the administrative-territorial unit where their residence is, other than domicile, may vote only at the polling station where the residence street or area is located, regardless of the date of choice. If the voters fail to register with the Electoral Register with the address of residence, they will be registered with the supplementary register.

If on the day of voting voters are in other administrative-territorial unit than the one of domicile or residence, they can vote at any polling station, provided that it is within the county constituency where the domicile or residence is located. In such case, the voter is registered with the supplementary register.

Voters with a domicile and residence in the same administrative-territorial unit may vote either at the polling station where they are registered with the permanent electoral roll, or at the polling station where the street or area of residence is located. In the latter case, they are registered with the supplementary register.

Also, voters domiciled in Bucharest who on the day of voting are within their territorial jurisdiction, may vote only at the polling station where they are registered with the permanent electoral roll. Voters residing in Bucharest without a domicile in the city may exercise their right to vote only at the polling station where the street where he resides is located, regardless of the date of choice. Such voters who fail to register with the Electoral Register with the address of residence are registered with the supplementary register.

Voters with both a domicile and a residence in Bucharest may vote either at the polling station where they are registered with the permanent electoral roll, or at the polling station where the street where his residence is located is allocated. In the latter case, they will be entered into the supplementary register. They may vote only at the polling station where the street of their domicile or residence is located, even if, on election day they are in a different district than the one of choice for domicile or residence.

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On Sunday, polling stations in the country open at 07:00hrs.

* Voters vote separately, in enclosed booths, by applying the "VOTAT" (VOTED) stamp in the quadrangle containing the list of candidates or the name of the candidate they are voting for. After voting, voters fold the ballot papers so that the blank page bearing the control stamp stays outside and put them in the ballot box making sure the papers do not accidentally open. Wrong bending of the ballot paper does not invalidate the vote if the secrecy of the vote is secured.

If the ballot paper opens in such a way that the secrecy of the ballot is no longer secured, it shall be cancelled and the voter shall be given, once only, a new ballot paper, mentioning the instance in the minutes of the voting operations.

Station chairs may ensure that the stationing of a voter in the polling station is not unduly prolonged. If a voter for well-founded reasons ascertained by the chair of the electoral bureau of the polling station cannot sign the permanent electoral roll, the chair makes a mention in the electoral roll, confirmed by his or her signature and that of another member of the electoral bureau.

The presence of any person in the polling booths, except the one casting a ballot, is prohibited. The voter who for well-founded reasons ascertained by the chair of the electoral bureau of the polling station cannot vote alone has the right to call in the voting booth a companion chosen by him or her to help with the voting. The person so chosen may not be one of the poll watchers or members of the polling station.

The use of cameras, recording or imaging equipment is prohibited in the voting booth.

* At 21:00hrs, EET, chairs of the electoral bureau of the polling station declare the voting closed and order the closure of the polling stations. Voters who are in the polling station at 21:00hrs, as well as those queuing up outside the polling station can exercise their right to vote in the December 6 general election until 23:59hrs, at the latest, as they are handed waiting numbers on tickets bearing the control stamp of the polling station involved.

Thus, on the voting day at 21:00hrs, two members of the electoral bureau of the polling station check whether there are voters in the polling station or outside it queuing up to exercise their right to vote. If at 21:00hrs in the polling station or outside it there are no voters queuing up to exercise their right to vote, the two members of the electoral bureau will issue a written statement in that regard that will be handed over to the chair of the electoral bureau of the polling station.

If at 21:00hrs in the polling station and/or outside it there are voters queuing up to exercise their right to vote, two members of the electoral bureau shall count the voters queueing up at 21:00hrs, hand out waiting numbers on tickets bearing the control stamp of the polling station involved or its equivalent, record their number in a written statement and remain outside the polling place to monitor the order of access to it.

Voters showing up to cast their ballots are required to comply with the special protection measures set up by authorities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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