Timeframe of the 2020 Romanian municipal elections

The deadline for submitting candidacies for the municipal elections scheduled to be held on September 27, 2020, ended on August 18. The Democratic Alliance for Hungarians in Romania (known by its Hungarian acronym of RMDSZ) has recently announced that close to 1,000 women are running in this year’s municipal elections.

Initially scheduled for June this year, the novel coronavirus pandemic prompted the government to postpone the local elections and extend the terms of local offices that had been set to expire on June 5, 2020. The exact date of the local elections was set by Parliament on July 8.

On that day, Romanian citizens will cast their votes for the candidates of their choice for the following offices:

  • the commune, town and local councils, and Sector Local Councils of Bucharest
  • 41 county councils and the Bucharest Municipal General Council.
  • mayors of communes, cities, municipalities, the sectors of Bucharest and the General Mayor of Bucharest.

On the RMDSZ list, there will also be more than 900 young candidates. Among these are 20 candidates for the mayor’s office and a further 20 seeking county counselor positions in Bihar/Bihor, Fehér/Alba, Kolozs/Cluj, Beszterce-Naszód/Bistrița Năsăud, Szilágy/Sălaj, Szatmár/Satu Mare, Hargita/Harghita, Maros/Mureș and Kovászna/Covasna counties.

According to the Permanent Electoral Authority announcement, municipal elections will be held according to the following timeframe:

  • August 2: Central Elections Bureau formed
  • August 7–11: registration of electoral alliances
  • August 7–18: submission of candidacy applications
  • August 8: establishment of constituency electoral bureaus
  • August 24: final candidacies named
  • September 22: printing of ballot papers
  • September 22: appointment of presidents and deputies of electoral bureaus of polling stations by computerized lottery
  • September 26, 7:00 p.m.: end of the election campaign
  • September 27, 7:00 a.m.: voting starts
  • September 27, 9:00 p.m.: voting ends

Title image: Members of the RMDSZ in Marosvásárhely/Târgu Mureș cross the street to submit their applications. Image source: RMDSZ.ro

Author: István Fekete