Politics

Most Moldovan parliamentarians reluctant to discuss election date

The Moldovan Parliament today refrained from debating the date of the next ordinary parliamentary elections due in the spring of 2009.
INFOTAG, 25 December 2008, 17:50

Chisinau, December 25 ( INFOTAG ). The Moldovan Parliament today refrained from debating the date of the next ordinary parliamentary elections due in the spring of 2009. The initiative to discuss the essential question before the 3-week-long chain of "Christmas-New Year-old Christmas-old New Year" holidays and a subsequent winter recess came from the Moldova Noastra Alliance (MNA) and the Democratic Party (DP).

Earlier this week, MP Ion Plesca (MNA) and his three faction colleagues filed with the Parliament's Permanent Bureau a draft Resolution on appointing the election date for March 22. The initiators proceeded from a simple calculation: the Parliament must set an election date not later than 60 days before the polls. The plenary power of this outgoing parliament will expire on March 6, whereas the current autumn-winter session of the Parliament will end tomorrow, on December 26.

DP Chairman Dumitru Diacov said the Democrats had also wanted to initiate the draft of a parliamentary Resolution on election date, but then gave up the idea being sure the Communist majority would all the same vote the motion down.

Diacov remarked, "I really can't understand why so much mystery is being made of the election date. Whom do we want to take unaware?"

Speaker Marian Lupu explained that the MNA motion may not be debated now because it had not undergone examination in standing committees or factions yet. He said the law-stipulated consideration procedure may not be violated even when the forum wants to discuss an election date.

He assured the opposition that when a date is eventually fixed, the Parliament shall necessarily observe the 60-day pre-election period.

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