28 November 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.

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Television devotes more attention to President Voronin and his Communist Party - APEL

On television channels NIT, N4 and Moldova-1, President Vladimir Voronin and his ruling Communist Party were and continue to be in the center of attention - incomparably more than all other electoral opponents, as per the Report on the monitoring of politicians' presence in TV programs in a period of February 4 through 17 prepared by the Electronic Media Association (APEL).
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Chisinau, March 3 ( INFOTAG ). Project expert Ion Bunduchi said at the report presentation on Monday that, for comparison, President Voronin is standing only in the second dozen of the most widely covered politicians on such channels as TV-7, EuTV and TVC-21. For instance, coverage champion on the ProTV is Liberal Democratic Party leader MP Vladimir Filat, on EuTV - Secretary General of the Social Democratic Party, Chisinau Municipal Council Chairman Eduard Musuc, on TVC-21 - Liberal Party Deputy Chairman, Chisinau Mayor Dorin Chirtoaca, and on TV-7 - Liberal Democratic Party First Deputy Chairman, lawyer Alexandru Tanase.

On the whole, the APEL monitoring comprised the television channels of EuTV, Moldova-1, N4, NIT, Prime, ProTV-Chisinau channel, TV-7, TVC-21 and 2 Plus, as well as the presidential office, Parliament, Government, political parties and local public administrations.

The monitoring authors established that a greater part of TV reports and stories, which were favorable for some election runners, were, as a rule, a reflection of the Government's viewpoint, and ignored the opposition's opinion.

According to the report, the highest proportion of programs with politicians' participation was broadcast on EuTV (60%), and the lowest indicator of election-related programs (1%) was on TVC-21.

Of all political parties, the Moldovan television as a whole is giving obvious preference to the Moldova Noastra Alliance and Liberal Democratic Party, and the Centrist Union of Moldova is standing on the lowest position.

The report authors pointed out that out of 3 television channels with a nation-wide signal coverage, two channels (Prime and 1Plus) are not taking part in the election campaign.

The APEL monitoring project is financed by the Delegation of the European Commission to Moldova and by the Soros Moldova Foundation. The Report text is available at

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