Romanian referendum invalid due to low turnoutBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian officials say a referendum to impeach the nation's president is invalid because of a low turnout.
By: Alison Mutler, Associated Press, The Jamestown Sun
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian officials say a referendum to impeach the nation's president is invalid because of a low turnout.
The Central Election Bureau put the voter turnout of Sunday's referendum regarding President Traian Basescu at 45.92 percent, with a 3 percent margin of error. By law, such referendums are invalid if less than half the electorate cast ballots.
The bureau did not immediately give the outcome of the vote, but but two exit polls said more than 80 percent voted to impeach Basescu.
He claimed on national TV that he had survived the vote because of the low turnout, saying: "Romanians have invalidated the referendum by not participating."
He was accused by his rivals in the government of violating the constitution by meddling in government business, coddling cronies and using the secret services against enemies.