Associations formed by Romanians living or working in Europe and the United States sent a petition to the interim president, the Government and the Foreign Ministry, accusing the fact that they are rendered unable to vote, due to the small number of polling booths announced for the referendum day.

The situation, they say, was caused because of the regulation saying that polling booths may be placed only in the Romanian embassies and consulates.

"How do you imagine 400,000 Romanians living in Madrid and its surroundings voting using only the two polling booths in the Romanian embassy and the consulate?", a release of the Association for Romanians' Economic and Cultural Development (ADERE) president, Daniel Tecu, reads.

Romanians working abroad say they hope represent more than an instrument for the officials in their attempt to balance the country's finances, but are also individuals entitled to exercise their democratic rights.