2020 Romanian local elections

Local elections in Romania were held on 27 September 2020.[1] Initially planned for June 2020, the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic led the Government of Romania to postpone the elections to a date no later than 31 December 2020, and extending all the terms of the local offices due to expire on 5 June 2020. The move was deemed unconstitutional, and, in the end, a law was passed that extended the terms of the local officials up to 30 November 2020, and allowed the elections to be called by the Parliament, rather than by the Government, no later than that day. On 8 July 2020, the Parliament of Romania adopted a law setting the date of the elections on 27 September 2020.[2]

RulesEdit

Using a first past the post system, the following offices will be contested:[3]

PollsEdit

Date Poll source Sample size PSD PNL USR PLUS UDMR ALDE PMP PRO Other Lead
28 Aug–4 Sep CURS 1,067 26% 33% 16% 4% 4% 5% 7% 5% 7%
1–7 May 2020 BCS 1,545 25.3% 32.7% 19.8% 5.9% 1.7% 5.3% 5.2% 4% 7.4%
11–15 April 2020 BCS 1,008 25.8% 34% 16.5% 4.2% 2.1% 6% 5.8% 5.7% 8.2%

Exit pollsEdit

BucharestEdit

Date[A] Poll source Gabriela Firea (PSD) Nicușor Dan (PNL-USR-PLUS)[B] Traian Băsescu (PMP) Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu (ALDE) Others Lead
27 Sep, 19:30 CURS-Avangarde 39% 47.2% 8.6% 1.6% 3.6% 8.2%
27 Sep, 21:00 CURS-Avangarde 38.2% 47.8% 9.4% 1.6% 3% 9.6%
27 Sep Sociopol 44% 45% 7% 4% 1%
Notes
  1. ^
    All times expressed in the EEST time zone.
  2. ^
    Nicușor Dan, an independent candidate, was supported by a political alliance formed in Bucharest by the PNL and USR-PLUS.
  3. ConstanțaEdit

    Date Poll source Decebal Făgădău (PSD) Vergil Chițac (PNL) Stelian Ion (USR-PLUS) Mircea Titus Dobre (PRO Romania) Claudiu Palaz (PMP) Horia Constantinescu (PPU-SL) Corina Martin (PER) Victor Cruceanu (ALDE) Anton Traian Antoniadis (The Hellenic Union (Romanian: Uniunea Elenă)) Others
    27 Sep, 19:30 CURS-Avangarde 23.5% 29% 29% 1.7% 2.9% 3.5% 3.5% 1.3% 1.1% 4.5%
    27 Sep, 21:00 CURS-Avangarde 22.8% 28.5% 28.5% 1.7% 3.1% 3.6% 3.6% 1.3% 1.3% 5.6%

    ResultsEdit

    Summary of the 2020 Romanian local elections results
    Party Mayor of Bucharest (PGMB) Mayors (P) Local Councils
    seats (CL)
    County Councils
    seats (CJ)
    Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
    National Liberal Party
    (Partidul Național Liberal - PNL)
    282,631

    (USR PLUS)

    42.81%

    (USR PLUS)

    1 2,578,820 34.58% 1,232 2,420,413 32.88% 14,182 2,212,904 30.76% 474
    Social Democratic Party
    (Partidul Social Democrat - PSD)
    250,690 37.97% 0 2,262,791 30.34% 1,362 2,090,777 28.40% 13,820 1,605,721 22.32% 362
    USR PLUS
    (Alianța USR PLUS - USR PLUS)
    282,631

    (PNL)

    42.81%

    (PNL)

    1 490,362 6.58% 28 504,563 6.85% 1,207 478,659 6.65% 65
    People's Movement Party
    (Partidul Mișcarea Populară - PMP)
    72,556 10.99% 0 353,005 4.73% 50 420,791 5.72% 2,137 423,147 5.88% 67
    PRO Romania
    (PRO România - PRO RO)
    5,315 0.80% 0 331,878 4.45% 36 381,535 5.18% 1,885 356,030 4.95% 56
    Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania
    (Uniunea Democrată Maghiară din România - UDMR)
    - - - 299,334 4.01% 199 362,442 4.92% 2,360 379,924 5.28% 92
    Alliance of Liberals and Democrats
    (Alianța Liberalilor și Democraților - ALDE)
    9,892 1.49% 0 124,649 1.67% 15 189,665 2.58% 861 209,411 2.91% 15
    Other political parties, independent contenders, and local alliances 39,034 5.91% 0 1,140,903 15.30% 282 1,086,907 14.76% 3,448 1,528,189 21.24% 209
    Total: 660,118 100 1 7,457,093 100 3,176 7,361,818 100 39,900 7,193,985 100 1,340
    Notes
    Sources: Romanian Permanent Electoral Authority

    DeathsEdit

    The former PMP mayor of Sadova, Eugen Safta, who had just gotten re-elected, suffered a heart attack and died. His death was declared on 28 September 2020, at 2 AM EEST.[4]

    Ion Aliman, the PSD mayor of Deveselu, was re-elected for a third term,[5] despite having had died of COVID-19 10 days earlier.[6] He received 1,020 votes, out of a total of 1,600. Until a term of partial elections will be held, the vice mayor will have acting mayor attributions.[5]

    Electoral mapsEdit

    ReferencesEdit

    1. ^ "LEGE nr. 135 din 16 iulie 2020 privind stabilirea datei alegerilor pentru autoritățile administrației publice locale din anul 2020, precum și a unor măsuri pentru buna organizare și desfășurare a acestora". Article 1, Law No. 135 of 16 July 2020 (in Romanian). Parliament of Romania.
    2. ^ Kiss, Robert, ed. (8 July 2020). "Parlamentul a stabilit data alegerilor locale. A fost adoptat proiectul UDMR pentru organizarea alegerilor pe 27 septembrie". Digi24 (in Romanian). Retrieved 4 August 2020.
    3. ^ "LEGEA PENTRU ALEGEREA AUTORITĂȚILOR ADMINISTRAȚIEI PUBLICE LOCALE". Archived from the original on 13 March 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
    4. ^ "După ce a câștigat alegerile, primarul Sadovei, Eugen Safta, a făcut infarct și a murit". Lupa (in Romanian). 28 September 2020. ISSN 1844-1971. Archived from the original on 28 September 2020. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
    5. ^ a b Berbecaru, Diana (27 September 2020). "Ion Aliman a câștigat alegerile la Deveselu. Fostul primar a decedat din cauza COVID-19". Gazeta Nouă (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 28 September 2020. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
    6. ^ Paraschiv, Luiza (17 September 2020). "Primarul din Deveselu a murit de COVID-19. Ion Aliman era internat la Spitalul Colentina din Capitală". Mediafax (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 19 September 2020. Retrieved 28 September 2020.