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Gheorghe Russu

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

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

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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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AMN said it discovered over 6,500 voter frauds in April polls

The Moldova Noastra Alliance (AMN) say they presented evidence of electoral frauds committed in the April 5 vote to the Constitutional Court and the Chisinau Court of Appeals, but it was ignored.
Info-Prim Neo, 29 June 2009, 17:23

2009-06-29/16:03/ Chisinau (IPN) “What's the good of it anyway, if the Moldovan judiciary is controlled by the boss of the Moldovan mafia, Vladimir Voronin”, AMN leader Serafim Urecheanu declared at a news conference on Monday.

Nicolae Raileanu, the party's representative to the Central Election Commission (CEC), said the AMN discovered more than 6,500 electoral frauds after verifying 28 percent of the voter rolls.

According to Raileanu, many voted without an identification paper, many voter lists lacked information on the birth year of the voters, and many voters weren't included in the basic or the additional voter lists.

Another violation discovered by the AMN concerns the lack of proceedings in some polling places. “The proceedings must be intr oduced in the morning of the day, before the opening of the polling stations, but many ballot boxes had no such proceedings at the end of the election day. This means that the ballot boxes were replaced”, said Raileanu, adding that this practice was discovered at almost all the polling stations in Hancesti district.

Lawyer Ion Plesca, the number three candidate on AMN's ticket, accused outgoing president Vladimir Voronin of usurping power in the state, arguing that “all the sick things he does and says are offenses falling under the Criminal Code”. At the same time, the lawyer said Voronin violated the presumption of innocence enshrined in the Moldovan Constitution when he said the Moldovan opposition was led by criminals.

Serafim Urecheanu says violations are continuing to occur during the ongoing election campaign as well. The AMN will notify the CEC of the fact that Vladimir Voronin traveled to Larga, Urecheanu's native village, with the helicopter, allegedly threatening people not to vote for the AMN.

Urecheanu also complained that the authorities violated the students' constitutional right to vote by announcing them with very little lead time about how and where they may vote on July 29. The AMN will petition the CEC to draft a regulation that will facilitate the students' vote.

At the same conference, the AMN presented a short film describing the events of April 7 and titled “In Moldova's Defense”, in response to the documentary “Attacks on Moldova”, which contains the official version of the events.

Contacted by Info-Prim Neo, the representative of the Communists Party to the CEC, Serghei Sarbu, said the party he represents will respond to the allegations in detail at a news conference that could take place on Tuesday, June 30.



Readers' comments
Recent comments:
iannn, 29 June 2009, 18:12
The international court at the Hauge exsists for a reason. If only 28% showed over 6000 frauds then what was the total?.
If it is proved that the April election was fraudulant and young people died in custody then legal implications may be applicable.
Use of state helicopters for party campiagning must be illegal as this is an abuse of peoples money.
Independant radio stations need to tell people thier voting rights and how to report abuses. A telephone line and email adress should be made avialiable for reports of 'threats to people to vote against thier free will'.
The court must investigate claims under exsisting law; not to is criminal neglagence against the people of Moldova.
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