Romanian General Election on 11th December
The Romanian parliament has set its next general election for 11th December this year.
This next election will be fought on a party-list proportional representation system rather than the first past the post system introduced in 2008. The number of seats in the new parliament will fall from 588 to 466 with 308 Deputies (down from 357) elected to the lower house Chamber of Deputies and 134 Senators (down from 157) elected to the upper chamber or Senate.
Although not now comparable, in 2012 the four party Social Liberal Union (USL) led by Victor Ponta won 273 seats with the four party Right Romania Alliance (ARD on 56 seats and the left-wing People’s Party – Dan Diaconescu (PP-DD) on 47 seats. All three groupings have since been dissolved.
In this election the centre-left Social Democratic Party (PSD) and centre-right National Liberal Party (PNL) are the two main parties. A July poll gave the PSD 42.3% support and the PNL on 19.3% although a recent Reuter’s article gave the PSD 37/38% and the PNL 29/31% support.
Parties have to pass 5% support to gain representation in parliament.