Elections on working day: Moldovan know-how

Leaders of Moldovan political parties are dissatisfied with the decision to hold the early parliamentary elections on July 29, which falls on a Wednesday, Info-Prim Neo reports.
Info-Prim Neo, 16 June 2009, 18:21

2009-06-16/10:35/ Chisinau (IPN)

“It is the worst decision that Mister Voronin could take. He reduced the voter turnout required to validate the elections to 1/3 as this suits him. On a working day, few people will cast their votes. The Communists count on their electorate – the pensioners,” said Serafim Urecheanu, president of Moldova Noastra Alliance.

According to Urecheanu, there is enough time for the election campaign, but not much time for the ruling party to fulfill the Resolution of the European Parliament.

“The situation will be rather difficult. Such measures are taken by Voronin in order to destroy the Moldovan Opposition,” the AMN leader considers.

Dumitru Braghis, president of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), is not bothered that t he elections will take place on a working day. “There is nothing to worry about,” Braghis said.

Igor Klipii, vice president of the Democratic Party (PD), said that the holding of elections on a working day is a Moldovan know-how. “We are not concerned about the short election campaign as this is according to the law. We are worried about the conditions in which the elections will be conducted as the Communists will resort to manipulation and propaganda through the mass media loyal to them. The runners will again not have access to the public radio and television, while the people will be further misinformed,” Klipii said.

Other party leaders said they would express their positions at news conferences.

The date of the early legislative elections was fixed by a presidential decree that came into force on June 16.

2009-06-16/15:59/ Moldovans abroad deprived of right to vote: PLDM

Chisinau (IPN) The elections are set for a working day. Under these circumstances, few Moldovan citizens working abroad will be able to go long distances to cast ballots, PLDM leader Vlad Filat told a news conference on June 16, Info-Prim Neo reports.

The Liberal Democratic Party assesses setting the elections date on July 29, Wednesday, and the modifications to the Election Code as advantaging the ruling party and disadvantaging the rest of the citizens, including those 16,800 Moldovans having voted at consulates and embassies abroad.

The party's first deputy president Alexandru Tanase underlines that the PLDM proposed real solutions to modify the Election Code, but they were ignored by the Communist majority. “The Communists modify the Code on the eve of each run-up to advantage the PCRM,” Tanase has said.

The PLDM states that “decreasing the turnout quota to 1/3 and the electoral threshold to 5% was meant to stimulate a low turnout and to ease the accession of possible satellites of the PCRM to the parliament.”

The Liberal-Democrats say they plead for “free and fair elections, the only solution to bring calmness to the country, to consolidate society and to offer legitimacy to a democratic government.” Vlad Filat calls on the civil society and international bodies to effectively and fully observe the elections.

2009-06-16/11:54/ CEC makes appeal to society

Chisinau (IPN) The Central Election Commission (CEC) calls on the political parties, nongovernmental organizations and Moldovan people eligible to vote to contribute to the smooth running of the election campaign for the July 29 parliamentary elections, Info-Prim Neo reports.

The CEC urges all those involved in the electoral process to help conduct a fair election campaign based on democratic principles and political pluralism, by observing the freedom of expression and thinking, the secrecy of the vote and the freedom of the press.

“The Commission calls upon the persons with the right to vote to actively engage in the social and political life and to participate in elections, expressing in a civilized and democratic way their attitude towards the situation in the country and the existent political forces,” the CEC says in its appeal.

The Commission reiterated the necessity of obeying the electoral legislation and its readiness to cooperate with the civil society in the proper organization and holding of the elections.