José Manuel Barroso
President of the European Commission
1049 Brussels, Belgium
Subject: Romanian Referendum for Presidential Dismissal
As you have expressed an interest in Romanian current political situation, please be informed that Mr. Basescu, the impeached and suspended president, has instructed his supporters not to cast their votes during the upcoming national referendum for his dismissal.
The declared reason for his behaviour was that he intends to “win” this referendum by the quorum technicality. The referendum is valid only if more than half of the total number of electors are showing to cast their votes, and Mr. Basescu declared that he intends to keep more than that half at home.
By doing that, he and his political Party of Democrat Liberals have waived my constitutional and fundamental right to a free and unconstrained vote, as my vote is no longer secret. If I chose to stay home, it is like I vote No at the referendum, or in favour of Mr. Basescu. If I chose to go to vote, it is like I vote Yes to the same referendum, or against Mr. Basescu. Either way, my vote would be visible for anyone who may monitor me.
I publicly asked the Romanian authorities to fix this vice in the referendum before it takes place or to cancel the referendum for the reason of this fundamental fault of not ensuring my freedom of choice during the voting process through secrecy of the ballot.
Now I am asking you to take a public and official stand on the same issue, in your capacity of the President of the European Commission.
You should make a public address to the Romanian electorate and encourage them to cast their votes. Moreover, you should call upon the Romanian authorities to wave the condition of quorum for this referendum as being a fundamental fault in the voting process. And you should sanction the attitude and behaviour of Mr. Basescu and his party for trying to prevent me for exercising my right to a free and secret vote in this matter of presidential dismissal.
I hope to hear from you soon, as the referendum is only three days away.