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Bucharest, Dec 11 /Agerpres/ - The polling stations have opened on Sunday morning, and over 18 million Romanian citizens are expected at the ballot boxes to designate their representatives to Parliament.
Voting has begun at 7:00, and will take place until 21:00. At 21:00, the president of the polling station's electoral bureau declares the voting process concluded and orders the closing of the station. The persons who at 21:00 are inside the polling station voting room are allowed to exercise their right to vote.
Electors can only vote at the polling station which the street or locality of their domicile or residence is distributed to.
In case electors are in a different administrative-territorial unit within the same electoral constituency, they can vote at any polling station within the electoral constituency where they have their domicile or residence.
For the parliamentary elections there are two paper ballots, one for the Deputies' Chamber, and one of the Senate.
Each elector has the right to one vote for the election of the Senate and one vote for the election of the Deputies' Chamber. Each elector must cast the vote in person, and the voting on behalf of another elector is forbidden.
For the organisation of the elections, electoral constituencies were established on the level of the 41 counties, one constituency in the Municipality of Bucharest, and one for the Romanian citizens with the domicile or residence abroad. The total number of electoral constituencies is 43.
Romanians in the diaspora are expected at the ballot boxes in the 417 polling stations set-up abroad. A first in the electoral process in these elections is that the citizens abroad could vote by mail. A number of 4,561 Romanians in the diaspora have voted by mail, out of a total number of 8,889 Romanian citizens entered in the Electronic Roll.
The election process began abroad on Saturday, at 20:00 (Romania's time), for the Romanians living in New Zealand and Australia, and will end on Monday, at 6:00 (Romania's time), for those on the Western Coast of North America. AGERPRES (RO - author: Karina Olteanu, editor: Mirela Barbulescu; EN - editor: Adina Panaitescu)
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