On November 22, 23 and 24, Romanians all over the world had the chance to participate in this year’s elections and to help shape the politics of their home country. The president was elected for the next 5 years. Although the turnout in Romania itself did not exceed 50%, the turnout in the diaspora reached a particularly high level this year with around 944,000 votes cast.
The trend that Romanians from the so-called diaspora apparently want to become more politicized and actively participate in the politics of their homeland has become increasingly apparent in recent years. Personal experiences in mostly democratic emigration countries seem to awaken the desire to also enforce a sustainable political future for one’s own country. The political-social interest of the Romanian diaspora in what is happening at home is growing. Many Romanians long for their homeland, but even those who do not plan to return home want to secure the well-being of their family or friends in their homeland.
Following the events of the European elections last spring, the Foreign Ministry made a very large number of polling stations available to the diaspora this year; a total of 850. 79 of them were in Germany and were open to voters for three days (22-23 and 24 November). And with success!
A total of 944,000 Romanians from all over the world took part in this year’s presidential elections. The most votes were in Italy, 190,000, followed by Great Britain with 170,000, then Germany with 155,000 and Spain with 130,000.
The winner Klaus Werner Johanis received 68% of the Romanians’ votes, his opponent Viorica Dăncilă 34%.
The vote took place without any special occurrences. At some polling stations the voters were even greeted with traditional folk songs.