Electoral assistance for voters and accreditation of observers for polling stations

Expert Forum has released the www.votcorect.ro platform for the local elections that will take place on September 27. The website includes several sections with explanations of the main rules regarding the electoral campaign, voters’ registration, voting day or appeals. Moreover, our team offers answers to frequently asked questions about the organisation of the electoral process and receives complaints about irregularities.

The complaints will be sent to the relevant institutions and the users who contact us will be assisted in resolving the problems related to the different stages of the electoral process, if needed.

VotCorect is developed within the ”Fair and Transparent Local Elections” project implemented by Expert Forum in partnership with the Center for Civic Resources and with financial support from Active Citizens Fund Romania, programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants Grants 2014 -2021. The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the official position of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021; for more information visit www.eeagrants.org. The aim of the project is to monitor the process of amending electoral legislation and to provide emergency intervention using legal instruments and public resources.

On the day of the elections and the day before, FiecareVot team will respond to any requests for information and assistance received from observers, voters, representatives of political parties or other stakeholders interested in the elections through the Telverde number 0800 080 200 (available in Romania and free).

Together with the partners from the FiecareVot coalition, Expert Forum accredits observers to monitor the polling stations on election day. Electoral observation aims exclusively to maintain the integrity of the electoral process, which is why the observers must be impartial without exception. They should not be part of any political parties and they should not be involved in the election campaign.

The observer activity is voluntary, therefore not remunerated. All observers start their activity  on election day at 06:30 in the morning, once the polling stations are opened and finish it after 21:00, once the counting of votes is completed. On the voting day, each observer will use the Vote Monitor application, developed by Code for Romania and will be in continuous contact with the FiecareVot team, online and through the specially created call-center.

Any citizen with the right to vote can be an observer, provided that is not a member of a political party, has not participated directly in the organization of an electoral campaign and is not a candidate. A code of conduct explaining thoroughly the characteristics and requirements of an observer has been developed.

By September 24, any interested persons can enroll online on www.fiecarevot.ro. Accredited observers will receive protective equipment and very clear instructions on how to protect themselves from COVID-19, following the recommendations of specialists and the legislation in force. Those enrolled can monitor one or more polling stations in a mobile team, made up of two observers. The organizers’ recommendation is for the mobile teams to be composed of close relatives or friends to ensure greater safety.

Contact

Septimius Pârvu, Electoral Expert, Expert Forum​ [email protected], 0787.638.315

 


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