Presidential election runoff in Diaspora. Over 900,000 Romanians had cast their votes by Sunday, 20:00hrs

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Record turnout  in the presidential election runoff by Sunday 20:00hrs, with over 900,000 Romanians living abroad turning out to polls.

It was a historical record also compared to the first round of presidential election, as the figure now exceeds the total number of votes for all three days of voting in the first round- 675,348. The turnout was high in such countries as UK, Italy, Germany and Spain.

15:30 – 675,348 Romanians had voted abroad, which is an absolute record. The best turnout in Diaspora ever after 1990 is looming.

Over 570,000 Romanians have voted in Diaspora until Sunday, 14:00hrs in the second round of presidential election. Other 17,503 Romanians already voted by correspondence, according to the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC).

Most Romanians who voted at the polling stations abroad were recorded in Italy – roughly 122,000. There were also 94,000 Romanians who voted in the UK and almost 93,000 who voted in Germany. In Spain, the country with the largest number of polling stations, 143, there were 82,000 Romanians who showed up at the polling stations.

The second round of the presidential election has already ended in New Zealand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) announced.

Voting in the Diaspora for the presidential election runoff has started on Friday,  with the first polling station opening  in Auckland, New Zealand.

Over 102,000 Romanians living in Diaspora had cast their votes in the second round of presidential election by 9 p.m. on the first vote of voting.

Over 50,500 Romanians abroad had turned out to vote before 18:00, on Friday. 17,503 Romanians had voted by mail, according to the Central Electoral Bureau.

Like in the first round of presidential election, the Romanians living abroad have again three days at their disposal to cast their vote: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are 835 polling stations set up in Diaspora,  open as following: on Friday, between 12:00 and 21:00, local, and on Saturday and Sunday, between 7:00 and 21:00, local time.

Voters who are still in the polling stations at 21:00, as well as those who are in line in front of the polling station waiting to cast their ballot can exercise their right to vote until 23:59, local time.

The most numerous stations for Romanians abroad are in Spain, 143. In Madrid, the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP) approved the set-up of nine polling stations.

In Italy a number of 142 polling stations was approved, out of which five in Rome, divided among the Embassy, Consulate and the Romanian Cultural Institute.

In Germany, AEP approved 79 polling stations, and in the UK, 72.

Romanians in France can vote in the presidential elections in one of the 50 polling stations approved by the AEP.

The map and list of polling stations abroad can be checked on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE).

This year, Romanians abroad also had the possibility to vote by mail.

In the first round of the presidential election, from 8 to 10 November, over 650,000 Romanians abroad voted at polling stations and almost 25,200 voted by mail.

The new European Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruța Kovesi, has voted in Finland on Friday, at the Romanian Embassy in Helsinki. The former Romanian anti-corruption chief went to the polls around 17:30.

There are two more polling stations in Finland, in Turku and Mariehamn.

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