Politics

Parliament has lowered the electoral barrier and voter turnout norms

On Monday, the Moldovan Parliament has lowered the electoral barrier and voter turnout norms, as well as invested the Government with the authority to issue ordnances.
INFOTAG, 15 June 2009, 19:20

Chisinau, June 15 ( INFOTAG ). These amendments to the Electoral Code were approved in the first reading last Friday, and today - in the final reading.

According to these changes, the voter turnout minimum for declaring parliamentary elections valid shall now be 33% plus 1 vote, instead of the previous 50% plus 1 vote. If a turnout is below this new norm, a repeated election is held in two weeks' time. Previously, the voter turnout minimum at repeated elections was 33%, and now there shall be no norm at all.

The amendments also envisage that the electoral barrier for parties to get to parliament goes down to 5% from the previous 6%.

The amendments were supported by all the 59 members of the majority Communist faction [initial 60 mandates minus Marian Lupu = 59]. Traditionally, all the 41 MPs representing three opposition parties took no part in the voting for the amendments.

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