Romanian president advocates state financing of electoral campaigns

Romanian president Traian Basescu declared yesterday that the electoral campaigns of candidates running in local or general elections should be financed by the state.

President Basescu proposed that every candidate should be offered a lump sum of € 11,600 to finance her/his campaign. A state financed electoral campaign would be the only way to prevent electoral bribes and lead to a ‘cleansing’ of the political class. Furthermore, it would also make it easier for non-party outsiders to run for political office.

Calculations by the Central Electoral office showed that the proposed system would increase the costs of the next parliamentary election by € 21.2 million (based on the number of 1822 candidates who ran in 2008). Providing the same sum for candidates in local elections seems less likely – there were 362,00 in the last local elections.

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