Chamber of Deputies: Election of county council leaders amended, local leaders avoid incompatibility

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It has been a prolific day for Romania’s lower chamber of Parliament on Wednesday.

The Chamber of Deputies passed by 278 votes over 22 and 14 abstentions the draft on local elections, ruling that the leaders of the county councils should be elected indirectly through vote by ballot of the county councilors. Mayors will be elected in a single round.

At the same time, the chamber rejected the president’s reexamination request on the community service law, preserving the initial form, precisely maintaining the provision that allow mayors and county council leaders to be represented in the general meetings of the community services associations. Thus, local leaders avoid incompatibility situations, which took so many of them to court in the past years.

Parties and their financing were also on the deputies’ hand. They passed the bill on political parties, deciding that a party could be set up with only three founder members, also deleting the territorial standard.

Regarding the party’s financing, the deputies passed the president’s reexamination request, deciding that a party should give back any loans in maximum three years.

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