About 75% of the USR members have voted for Dan Barna to remain the party chairman following an internal vote after his legitimacy to remain at the helm of the party had been challenged by several members. Out of those 17,000 USR members, around 9,600 voted, so the turnout stood at 51.5%. The voting lasted 5 days.
USR members answered the same question: “Do you consider that Dan Barna should resign from the USR helm?” 24% voted in favour and 74.4% against. The vote was online.
“I interpret this message that we have to close ranks, that the experience in the presidential election gives us the right and compels us to make a difference, to continue to build the perspective for the local elections and for coming to power”, said Barna.
The voting inside the party has been boycotted by several party organisations whose leaders were discontent with Barna’s decision to put his candidature to vote. Among the branches that boycotted the ballot there were USR Iasi led by Cosette Chichirău and USR Cluj, informally led by another leader who is contesting Barna, senator Mihai Gotiu.