Persons eligible to vote expected to polling places on July 29

Over 2.5 million Moldovans with the right to vote can take part in the July 29 legislative elections. The polling stations will be open from 7.00 to 21.00.
Info-Prim Neo, 28 July 2009, 17:28

2009-07-28/12:56/ Chisinau (IPN) A number of 1,987 polling places were set up overall – 1,954 inside the country and 33 at Moldova’s embassies and consular offices abroad.

All the Moldovan citizens that have identification papers can participate in the vote. The people can vote using the identity card of the Moldovan citizen with the accompanying paper showing where the voter lives or has the residence visa, or the Soviet-type passport of the model of 1974, where it is indicated the Moldovan nationality, the state identification number of the private individual (IDNP) and the registration at the domicile.

The voters can also use the Soviet-type passport of the model of 1974 without state identification number, where it is written “valid for an unlimited period 221;. The persons that renounced the identification papers for religious reasons can vote using the temporary identity document F-9, where it is indicated the Moldovan nationality and the domicile of the holder.

Those that will vote at polling stations opened abroad can also use the entry/exit passport, the sailor’s permit, the soldier’s record for conscript military men and the permit issued by the Civil Service Center.

The people can also vote with the identity card with the expired period of validity. The Central Election Commission (CEC) allowed the persons that do not have permanent or temporary registration at the domicile to vote at the polling station located at the last place of residence where one has the registration.

The special stamp “29.07.09 ALEGERI” will be put in the identification papers of all the voters as a control measure aimed at preventing multiple voting.

The CEC informs that the voters w ho lost the identification papers or whose papers have expired can ask for the temporary identity document F-9, where it is indicated the Moldovan nationality and the domicile of the holder, at population documentation offices free of charge, on the election day inclusive.

The voters will choose one of the eight election contenders written in the ballot.

The CEC accredited 488 international observers from 30 organizations (including 8 observers on behalf of five foreign electoral institutions) and 2,672 national observers from 15 organizations to monitor the July 29 legislative elections.

Exit polls will be carried out in 200 polling places. The persons that have already voted will be asked questions as to their age, education and ethnicity. Afterward, they will receive the questionnaire to mark the party that they voted for. The filled out questionnaire will be put into a special box. The first results on the basis of exit polls will be announce d at 21.05. The final results will be announced in an hour.

2009-07-28/11:21/ Silence on last day of campaign

Chisinau (IPN) “On the last race day, no electioneering or propaganda is allowed,” Info-Prim Neo learns from Iurie Ciocan, the secretary of the Central Election Commission (CEC). He specifies citizens may be called on to go and vote.

Under the regulation on covering the campaign for the July 29 elections, neither media are allowed to air/publish any election-related materials, except for the CEC's communique and information on voting procedures and unfolding.

Iurie Ciocan says the ballot papers were sent to polling station in the morning of July 28.

For the first time, elections in Moldova will be held on a Wednesday, which the Government called a day off. The decree dissolving the April-5-elected parliament and calling new elections was signed by president Vladimir Voronin on July 16.

By the end of the campaign, electoral participants stated the campaign was short and very harsh.

The poll results will be valid if 1/3 of voters turn out to ballot boxes.

The CEC has accredited 488 international observers on behalf of 30 organizations (including 5 delegations from foreign electoral commission) and 2,672 local observers from 15 NGOs.

The CEC has accredited 55 foreign journalists from 38 media.