Allegra Stratton and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday June 17, 2008
The residents of a Romanian town have elected a dead man as their mayor, it emerged today.
The late Neculai Ivascu, who had run Voinesti for 18 years, was re-elected to the post.
Ivascu, a 57-year-old, died from liver disease just after voting began on Sunday, but won the election by 23 votes.
A local official said the authorities had decided to keep the poll open in case his opponent, Ghoerghe Dobrescu won, avoiding the need for a re-run.
Romanian electoral rules allow for the death of a candidate between rounds of voting, but not on a polling day.
"I know he died, but I don't want change," a pro-Ivascu resident told Romanian television, Reuters reported.
Election authorities gave the post to the runner-up, but some residents, and Ivascu's Social Democrat party, have called for a new vote.
He was not allowed to die on a polling day, plus people don't like change. Makes sense.
Where is Romania? What is Rumania? Is this in Eastern Europe? Is it a member of the EU? Are they Slavic?
Do not blame me for my ignorance. These little nations got minimal attention in my Social Studies classes.
Last question. Who do they get along with? Russia? Ukraine? Italy?
i WAS fast. I win, I win! :wink:
Yes, but Reyn said 'you gotta be fast with these type of stories'
and i was ONE MONTH faster!
in my world, i still win