Update: PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea arrived to the Jean Monnet polling station in the evening at 19:20hrs, joining the line accompanied by gendarmes.
Dragnea said after casting his vote that it is a good day for Romanians have come to polls in large numbers while voicing regret for the long queues at the polling stations abroad and blaming the incidents on the ambassadors and on the way tablets had been operated.
“It is not a sad day. It’s a good day for many people came to vote. I am sorry for the long queues. I saw the delays were prompted by tablets, lists,” the PSD chair said.
Dragnea claimed that ambassadors accredited in the states that reported queues and incidents during voting should be held responsible for this situation.
“We should ask ambassadors appointed to Spain, Italy, UK whey haven’t they tried to direct Romanians there to other polling stations, for there have been stations where there was nobody to vote and very crowded stations”, he pointed out.
Dragnea has also voted for the referendum. “I don’t see why it’s a surprise for I have always said I am endorsing the topics of the referendum” he said.
PM Dancila: “I urge Romanians to vote”
Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă voted on Sunday after she queued. When a man complained about staying in line, she replied that this is about organization and responsible is the president of the polling station. The Premier also made a brief statement stating that she did not vote at the referendum.
The Head of the Executive voted at the Jean Monnet High School in the capital city. A few days ago she announced she would vote in the referendum, but later she said she has changed her mind.
“I voted for a team that would not vote against Romania. A dignified representation is what all Romanians want. I voted because a strong Romania will lead to a strong European Union,” she added.
“I urge the Romanians to vote,” the prime minister said.
In order not to mobilize voters, the PSD leaders decided not to rush to go to the polling stations, making the decision to leave the constitutional right for the late hours in the evening.
USR’s Dan Barna: Romanians can express their opinion
USR chairman Dan Barna voted in Sibiu in the Euro-parliamentary elections and in the referendum on justice. The USR leader said it is time for the Romanians to express their opinion, whatever that may be.
“I voted for skills and honesty in Europe. It is the moment when Romanians can express their opinion, whatever it is, so the message is clear: go to the polling stations. Call your friends, your colleagues. The more we are, the more Romania will express its voice and will be recognized. We have great confidence in Romania,” Dan Barna said.
ALDE’s Tariceanu: Romania should be part of the group of decision-makers
ALDE chairman Calin Popescu Tariceanu said he “voted” with the belief that “future ALDE MEPs will represent Romania and will act for our country to be part of the group of decision-making states. He also did not vote in the referendum.
“I see that there is a lot of turnout and I enjoy this because there is interest in these elections, which have an important role and will have an even more important role as each will understand that the decisions made by the European institutions affect us. I voted with the belief that those who will represent us on behalf of our party will go there with the clear idea of representing Romania’s interest, making Romania a respected voice, so Romania should be part of the group of decision-makers,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu said.
PNL’s Ludovic Orban voted for Romania to remain a European state
PNL chairman Ludovic Orban voted at 9:00h in Bucharest. He said he voted in the referendum and in the European Parliament elections “to be sure that Romania will be led by honest people, not by thieves.”
“I have exercised my constitutional right both in the referendum and in the elections for the European Parliament. I voted to be sure that Romania will be led by honest people, by not thieves,” Orban said.
“I voted to be sure that the Government will not be able to issue the GEO in which the rights and fundamental freedoms of Romanians are not violated. I voted today to be sure that Romania will remain a European state, that it will be well represented in the EP by quality people, people who gain the appreciation and respect of the European partners,” the PNL leader added.
Dacian Ciolos: Many Romanians are waiting for this day since the winter of 2017
Dacian Ciolos, co-chairman of the 2020 USR-PLUS Alliance, voted in the early hours of the morning in Zalau. The former Prime Minister made a brief statement.
“I am convinced that many Romanians are waiting for this day since the winter of 2017 when we were in the streets. The day has come when we can send our message very clearly, firmly, by vote. I hope there will be as many Romanians as possible to vote. Now, many Romanians know exactly why to vote in the European Parliament elections and in the referendum on justice. There will be a signal vote for those who lead Romania,” Dacian Ciolos said.
Traian Basescu waited in line to vote
Former President of Romania Traian Basescu, currently PMP chairman, voted with his wife Maria Basescu at the “Jean Monnet” high school in Bucharest after waiting 20 minutes in line.
“It is an extremely important election, for the situation of the EU. We must create a new start for the EU. For Romania, we have this referendum summoned by the President, where Romanians are called upon to answer if they want the rule of law or not. This is the essence of the two questions. Here clearly we have to respond positively through presence. It is a good sign that the “Jean Monnet” polling station is crowded, usually people did not rush to the ballot,” former President Traian Basescu said.