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Article 9

(1) The organisations of citizens belonging to a legally set up national minority defined according to article 2 point 29, who have not obtained in the elections at least one mandate of Deputy or Senator, shall have the right, under article 62 (2) of the Constitution of Romania, republished, to one mandate of Deputy if they have obtained, in the whole country, a number of votes equal to at least 10% of the average number of validly cast votes on the country for the election of a Deputy.

(2) The organisations of citizens belonging to national minorities represented in the Parliament shall have the right to submit candidatures.

(3) Candidatures may also be submitted by other organisations of citizens belonging to national minorities defined under article 2 point 29, legally set up, which are of public utility and which submit to the Central Electoral Bureau, within 30 days of the date of setting the election day, a list of members including a number of at least 15% of the total number of citizens who, at the last census, declared themselves as belonging to the respective minority.

(4) If the number of members needed for observing the conditions stipulated in paragraph (3) exceeds 20,000 persons, the list of members must include at least 20,000 persons with the domicile in at least 15 of the counties of the country and in the municipality of Bucharest, but not less than 300 persons for each of these counties and for the municipality of Bucharest.

(5) The list of members shall be drawn up by localities and counties, and must include: the name of the organisation, the full name of the members, the personal identification number, the date of birth, the domicile, name, series, and number of the identity card, their signatures, as well as the full name of the person having drawn up the list. The person having drawn up the list shall have the obligation to also submit a statement on own responsibility, by which he/she attests the validity of the members’ signatures, as well as the fact that the list has been drawn up with a view to participating in the parliamentary elections of the respective year.

(6) Within the meaning of the present title, the same judicial regime as the one applied to the political parties in the electoral process shall be applied to
the organisations of citizens belonging to national minorities, provided for in paragraphs (1)–(3).

(7) The organisations of citizens belonging to national minorities, which have participated in the elections by putting forward candidates in common with two
or more organisations shall also benefit from the provisions of paragraph (1); in this case, if no common candidate has been elected, the candidate who obtained the largest number of votes shall be granted a mandate of Deputy, for all the organisations that have put forward candidates in common, with the observance of the provisions of paragraph (1).

(8) The provisions of paragraph (1) shall not be applied to the organisation of citizens belonging to national minorities, which has participated in the elections in an electoral alliance.

(9) The mandate of Deputy conferred according to paragraph (1) shall be granted over the total number of Deputies resulted from the norm of representation.

(10) The organisations provided for in paragraphs (1)–(3) may participate in the elections and may submit candidatures only under the name and with the electoral sign of the respective organisation.

(11) By exception from the provisions of article 29 (2), the organisations of citizens belonging to national minorities may submit the same candidature for the Chamber of Deputies in several uninominal colleges. An organisation of a national minority may put forward the same candidate for several uninominal colleges belonging to the different constituencies, only provided that it puts forwards a single candidate at national level and only for the election to the Chamber of Deputies.