1 December 2021

Gheorghe Russu

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

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


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.

Last week illustrated

Activists launch Moldova’s first ‘Space Camp’ © Susan Coughtrie

24 independent candidates may come to stand for Parliament

On April 5, seats in the next Moldovan Parliament may be aspired up to 24 independent candidates alone, not to mention parties and movements, Central Election Commission Secretary Iurie Ciocan told your Infotag correspondent.
INFOTAG, 2 March 2009, 19:10

Chisinau, March 2 ( INFOTAG ). Ciocan said that precisely 24 persons had applied to the CEC for signature-list forms to raise voters' signatures. By law, independent applicants for candidacy are supposed to submit to the Commission minimum 2,000 signatures in their favor, but not more than 2,500. Ready signatures and all necessary documents are to be submitted to the CEC one month before elections at the latest. This year, the deadline is March 5. Within maximum 7 calendar days upon document submission, the Central Election Commission must decide officially about registering an independent candidate or denying registration.

Out of the said 24 visitors, only two have, so far, applied for registration as independent candidates - Balti Municipal Council member Sergiu Banari and Chairman of the Moldovan Helsinki Committee for Human Rights Stefan Uritu. Iurie Ciocan presumes some of the remaining 22 applicants for forms may well change their mind and give up the idea to run for parliament.

To become a parliamentarian, an independent candidate is supposed to win 3% ballots. In all the 18 years of the independent Moldova's history, an absolute record was achieved by Valeriu Ghiletchi - 1.7% in 2001. And in 1998, two independents polled slightly over 1% each.

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