Partial results after just over a third of the votes have been counted in Romania’s general and presidential elections have reduced the margin between the two main parties. There is now the prospect of a hung parliament after the ruling former communist Social Democrats led by Adrian Nastase got 34 percent with the centre right challenging alliance led by Bucharest’s mayor getting 33 percent.
Traian Basescu will go up against Nastase in the second round of the presidential vote. He is just over three percentage points behind after the first round but he is crying foul.
An electoral commission inquiry is being demanded by the opposition which alleges widespread fraud, including the bussing of electors between polling stations to allow multiple voting. One electoral observation organisation, which has deployed thousands of monitors around the country, says it is being “submerged” by complaints of irregularities.
Only two other parties have breached the five percent threshold needed to enter parliament – the far right, losing ground but still scoring 13 percent, and the Hungarian minority party.