ElectionGudie

Nov. 30, 2008 Held

7,238,871
Voted
Romania

Romania

Election for Senat (Romanian Senate)

Results

37%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:7,238,871
Valid Votes:6,888,055
Invalid Votes:350,816

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Social Democratic-Conservative Party Alliance 49 - 2,352,968

34.16%

Democratic Liberal Party 51 - 2,312,358

33.57%

National Liberal Party 28 - 1,291,029

18.74%

Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania 9 - 440,449

6.39%

Greater Romania Party - - 245,930

3.57%

Others - - 245,321

3.56%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 137 seats in the Senate (Senat)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Traian BASESCU *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Calin Popescu-TARICEANU
  • Assembly: Romania has a bicameral Parliament (Parlament) consisting of the Senate (Senat) with 137 seats and the Chamber of Deputies (Camera Deputatilor) with 334 seats.

* President Traian BASESCU was suspended by act of Parliament on April 19, 2007, but was restored to power following a popular referendum which overturned his impeachment.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the Senate (Senat) 137 members are elected by popular vote through a mixed-member proportional system to serve 4-year terms*. In the Chamber of Deputies (Camera Deputatilor) 334 members are elected by popular vote through a mixed-member proportional system to serve 4-year terms.**

* Romanian voters vote for candidates in single member districts. The seats in districts where no candidate wins an absoulte majority of votes are then distributed to parties proportionally. To gain representation in the Senate, a party must win at least 5% of the national popular vote or win an absolute majority in at least 3 single-seat districts.

** Romanian voters vote for candidates in single member districts. The seats in districts where no candidate wins an absoulte majority of votes are then distributed to parties proportionally. To gain representation in the Chamber of Deputies, a party must win at least 5% of the national popular vote or win an absolute majority in at least 6 single-seat districts.

Main parties in the electoral race:

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 20,537,875 (2008)
  • Registered Voters: 18,464,274 (2008)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 10,546,240 (2008)

·         Is Romania a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (4 September 1980)

·         Has Romania ratified CEDAW: Yes (7 January 1982)

·         Gender Quota: No (there are some political parties that have adopted voluntary quotas)

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 38 (House of Deputies); 8 (Senate) following the 2008 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 52 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Romania a signatory to CRPD: Yes (26 September 2007)

·         Has Romania ratified CRPD: Yes (31 January 2011)

·         Population with a disability: 3,080,681 (est.)