Referendum turnout probably below 50% so President survives
At 11 p.m. last night the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) released figures saying that in a sample of 2,889 of 18,242 polling stations the turnout in yesterday’s referendum was standing at 45.92%. Turnout in urban areas was 41.76% and in rural areas was 51.61% according to the Bureau.
If that continues to be true and provided the turnout is below 50% then President Traian Băsescu, who was suspended by Parliament on 6th July, will have won the impeachment referendum.
The constitutional court ruled that 50% of the voters had to vote for the ballot to be valid after the government tried to change the rules to make it a simple majority of those who voted. One organisation, Relitatea TV was reporting last night that in an exit poll 86.9% of those who had voted were for impeachment whilst 13.1% were against. President Băsescu had called on voters to boycott the referendum.
President Traian Băsescu declared victory at 11 p.m. last night just as the polls closed whilst the government said that they expected the final turnout to be around 52%.