Ukraine isn’t the only eastern European country to have been plunged into political uncertainty. In Romania, the election commission has rejected a plea to cancel Sunday’s parliamentary and presidential poll. Traian Basescu, the opposition challenger for the top job, demanded the vote be cancelled because of alleged irregularities. “We are concerned the electoral process is much too affected by fraud,” he said. “It is necessary to repeat the elections.”
The electoral commission said discrepancies could be due to errors in calculating the votes, but it insisted the overall results were sound. Basescu, the leader of the centrist Liberal and Democratic party, faced the incumbent Social Democrat Prime Minister Adrian Nastase. The latter won the presidential race with 41 percent of the vote, leaving Basescu with 32 percent. The Social Democrats also took the majority of the seats in the parliamentary contest, clocking up 36.6 percent of the vote, with Basescu’s party controlling just 31 percent. Basescu claims electronic fraud took place during the counting process. Western monitors say the poll was largely professional and efficient but they have urged a thorough investigation of reports of multiple voting.