1980 Romanian legislative election

Parliamentary elections were held in Romania on 9 March 1980.[1] The Front of Socialist Unity and Democracy, dominated by the Romanian Communist Party and including other mass organisations, was the only organisation that contested the election.[2] No prospective candidate could run for office without the Front's approval.[3] The Front won all 369 seats in the Great National Assembly.[4]

1980 Romanian legislative election

 1975 9 March 1980 1985 

All 369 seats in the Great National Assembly
  Majority party
Leader Nicolae Ceaușescu
Party PCR
Alliance Front of Socialist Unity and Democracy
Seats won 369
Seat change 20
Popular vote 15,398,443

Prime Minister before election

Ilie Verdeț

Elected Prime Minister

Ilie Verdeț

Electoral system

Candidates were elected in single member constituencies, and had to receive over 50% of the vote.[5] If no candidate passed this threshold, or if voter turnout in the constituency was less than 50%, re-runs were held until the requirements were met.[5] Voters had the option of voting against the Front candidates.[2]


Party Votes % Seats
Front of Socialist Unity and Democracy15,398,44398.52369
Invalid/blank votes44
Registered voters/turnout15,631,35199.99
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1591 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p1604
  3. Electoral system. Romania: A country study. Library of Congress Federal Research Division, December 1989.
  4. Nohlen & Stöver, p1612
  5. Nohlen & Stöver, p1583