Law No. 70 of 26 November 1991, as amended and supplemented by Law No. 25 of 12 April 1996.
(1) Local commissions, district councils, mayors and the General Council of the City of Bucharest shall be elected by universal, equal, direct, secret and freely expressed ballot. Deputy mayors shall be elected by indirect ballot by local councils.
(2) Local and district councils shall be elected by electoral constituencies by universal suffrage expressed by a list vote.
(3) Mayors of villages and towns shall be elected, by constituencies, by a vote expressed on the basis of a ballot for a single member.
Romanian citizens, without distinction based on nationality, race, language, religion, sex, political convictions or occupation, shall exercise their right to vote equally.
(1) Candidatures for local and district councils and those for the office of mayor shall be lodged by parties and political groups constituted in accordance with the law. Independent candidatures may also be lodged as provided for in this law.
(2) Electoral alliances may be formed between political parties; this also applies to electoral alliances at district or local level. The political parties in political alliances or electoral alliances may only participate in the elections on the alliances' lists. A political party may only belong to one alliance at a particular level. Electoral alliances shall be registered at the electoral office of the constituency in which the candidatures are lodged.
(3) A person may lodge his candidature for only one local council and for one post as mayor.
(4) A person may lodge his candidature for a councillor's post and also for the office of mayor.
(1) Access by parliamentary parties, political and electoral alliances and independent candidates to the public radio and television services, including territorial studios, is free of charge. In the case of non-parliamentary parties, political and electoral alliances, access to the territorial public radio and television services shall be free, provided that they lodge lists of candidates in a minimum of 50% of the constituencies in a district covered by these territorial studios. The airtime allowed in these situations shall be proportionate to the number of lists of candidates for the territory concerned. Political and electoral parties which lodge complete lists of candidates in a minimum of 50% of the constituencies shall have access to the national public radio and television services.
(2) Organisations of citizens belonging to national minorities shall have access to the territorial and national public radio and television services if they take part in the elections with lists of candidates in the constituencies in the district, in proportion to their numbers in the population of the district or of Romania, as the case may be.
(3) Access by political parties, political and electoral alliances and independent candidates and by organisations of citizens belonging to national minorities to private radio and television stations, including cable television, shall be guaranteed by a contract concluded between their financial agents and the stations concerned. Each station shall apply a single tariff per unit of airtime for all those requesting it, as provided for in this article.
In accordance with this law, legally constituted organisations of persons belonging to national minorities shall be treated in the same way as political parties and political and electoral alliances.