The Parliament met on Thursday, from 12:00, in the online joint session, dedicated to the request of President Klaus Iohannis regarding the approval of the state of emergency in the territory of Romania, established by Decree No. 195/2020.
For the first time, a special procedure for electronic voting and remote voting was approved, approved Monday by the Permanent Meetings of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, as a result of the measures established to combat the coronavirus epidemic. In this regard, on Wednesday, deputies and senators had a test session, simulating online voting.
The presidents of the two Chambers, Marcel Ciolacu and Titus Corlatean, were present in the plenary room.
The sitting of the Parliament was transmitted via live streaming on the website of the Chamber of Deputies, and the debates took place through the audio teleconferencing system. The parliamentarians supported their interventions in direct telephone connection with the plenary room, the speeches being transmitted live.
The vote of the deputies and senators was exercised through a computer application made internally by the specialized departments of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.
How it was voted
Access to the respective web page was secured by username and password, which were communicated to each parliamentarian by SMS.
Each parliamentarian could express his voting option by pressing one of the buttons: “YES”, “NO”, “AB” (abstention) and “NO VOTING”. If the parliamentarian has not pressed any of the buttons listed above, he is considered absent from the respective vote. The result of the vote was displayed immediately on the screen of the electronic device on which the streaming is watched.
On Tuesday, the parliamentary defense, legal and health commissions issued joint reports of approval of the decree of the President of Romania. The parliamentary committees for the budget and human rights of the two Houses of Parliament also gave favorable joint opinions.
The parliamentarians from the specialized commissions made several proposals and observations that were transmitted to the Government and the head of state.
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