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28 November 2021
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Gheorghe Russu

Vice-director, The Center for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption

Parties-Phantoms, Parties - State Institutions, Parties - State Enterprises

Ion PREAŞCĂ

20 parties have registered in the current election campaign. Many people say it is a too big number for such a small country as Moldova. At the same time, much more parties could take part in the election campaign.

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Сoalition-2009 urges Сommunists to refund public means they used for election campaign

The Civic Coalition for Free and Fair Elections, "Coalition 2009", has strongly recommended Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin, Parliament Chairman Marian Lupu and Prime Minister Zinaida Grechanaya to repay to the State Budget the money used for electioneering, and the means must be refinanced necessarily from the ruling Communist Party's electoral fund.
INFOTAG, 25 February 2009, 18:54

Chisinau, February 25 ( INFOTAG ). At a news conference in Infotag today, the Coalition-2009 presented its 3rd report on monitoring of the ongoing electoral process, carried out on January 28 through February 24.

Coalition Secretary Nicolae Panfil said, in particular, that the above-mentioned refunding recommendation is fully grounded because during their continuous trips across the republic, the President and Speaker and Premier are canvassing.

"They use their official cars, and receive salaries as usual. If you compare video records of programs with their participation telecast by the public television last year and those made in 2009, you will see a great difference. Therefore we presume it would be only logical for the Communists to return the public means they have spent for their campaign. And the Central Election Commission ought to work out a mechanism of refunding and to control its functioning", Panfil said.

Chairman of the League for Human Right Protection in Moldova (LADOM), Paul Strutzescu, stated that many instances of intimidation of Liberal Democratic Party members by the police have been recorded, as well as instances of pressing on citizens to force them into attending pre-election meetings with Communist candidates, attempts to compromise the Independent Press Association (API), unlawful using of administrative resources, etc.

Strutzescu said the representatives of the Christian Democratic Popular Party, Liberal Party and Communist Party feel free to use harsh language and put forward strong accusations against their rivals during meetings with voters. For instance, while in the Riscani, Edinet and Taraklia raions, President Voronin himself used vulgar, dirty expressions and insulting comparisons with respect to Chisinau Mayor Dorin Chirtoaca [who is Deputy Chairman of the Liberal Party] and to some oppositional parliamentarians, said Paul Strutzescu.

 



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