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Romanian Body Rejects Vote-Repeat Demand

30 November 2004 -- Romania's election authority today rejected a centrist opposition demand to cancel the 28 November ballot due to alleged vote-counting fraud that gave the ruling ex-communist party a small lead.

Traian Basescu, the presidential candidate of the centrist Justice and Truth Alliance, had called for a repeat of the general and presidential elections, citing electronic fraud in the vote-counting process that amounted to 2.5 percent of the vote.

But Emil Gherghut, president of the Central Election Commission, told a news conference today the demand to cancel the parliamentary election was rejected.

With about 99 percent of ballots counted, the ruling Social Democrats are ahead with 37 percent of the vote, followed by the alliance with almost 32 percent.

In the presidential race, Prime Minister Adrian Nastase was first with almost 41 percent, while Basescu was second with about 34 percent.

(Reuters/Realitatea TV)