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Poll: Ponta 40 per cent, Iohannis 29

Victor Ponta is still in the lead in the presidential race. According an opinion poll conducted by Infopolitic Center of Study and Research (CSCI), the prime minister is credited with 40 per cent of the votes in the first round of Sunday’s ballot, with 1 per cent decrease compared to last week data. Klaus Iohannis comes second, with 29 per cent, gaining 2 per cent compared to last week.

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu keeps 8 per cent of the vote intentions, while PMP’ s Elena Udrea is up to 6 per cent.

As for the run-off election, Victor Ponta would get 55 per cent and Klaus Iohannis 45 per cent.

The poll was conducted by phone during October 27-29.

Meanwhile, complaints have been filed on Thursday regarding fake poll operators. The National Institute of Statistics (INS) informed the institution is not making opinion polls or any other researches for the presidential elections. The warning is coming after more persons passed themselves off as INS employees trying to make polls by phone questioning the population’s vote intentions.

MFA warns over multiple vote risk

The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) slammed the Central Electoral Bureau’s decision to allow Romanians living abroad to vote with their ID cards and not with passports in all countries, not only in the EU states. MFA claims this would lead to a multiple vote risk, as one could vote also based on the ID card and on the passport.

18 million Romanians are expected to cast their vote on Sunday’s presidential elections, while 14 contenders will run for the Cotroceni seat.

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