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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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Parliamentary poll to take place Apr. 5

The Moldovan Parliament on Monday, at its first meeting after the winter recess, passed a unanimous decision to set the date for the parliamentary elections at April 5, Info-Prim Neo reports.
Info-Prim Neo, 2 February 2009, 18:33

2009-02-02/13:25/ Chisinau (IPN) The motion was put forward by three Communist MPs -- Vladimir Turcan, Irina Vlah and Anatolie Zagorodnyi.

MP Vladimir Turcan, who is also the chairman of the parliamentary commission for appointments and immunity, underlined that the political parties may start shaping their lists on February 4.

Lib-Dem leader Vlad Filat remarked that in these circumstances the parties are deprived of a part of the election campaign. Filat explained that the parties may start campaigning only after registering with the Central Election Campaign. However, the electoral legislation stipulates that the campaign shall not be shorter than 60 days.

MP Gheorghe Susarenco of the Moldova Noastra Alliance (AMN) recalled that it suggested the elections should take place on March 22, immediately after the expiry of the term of the current parliament, but the proposal was voted down by the parliamentary majority. "The parliamentary majority and its allies deferred the poll day as much as possible in order to take maximal advantage of the administrative and media resources. In fact, the election campaign started long ago, with the violation of all the international practices and the provisions of the Election Code, while the Communists and the Christian-Democrats have been poisoning the public opinion, gearing up for the campaign", said Susarenco.

In retort, Communist MP Anatolie Zagorodnyi said some of the legislators are trying to politicize this decision. "Some deputies try to bring arguments to imply that the red-orange coalition, as they call it, has already begun campaigning. But it was the AMN that started knocking at every door to distribute promotional leaflets as early as this summer", said Zagorodnyi.

The term of the current parliament, elected on 6 March 2005, expires on March 7, and according to Art. 61 of the Constitution and Art. 76 of the Election Code, legislative elections shall be held no later than in 3 months after the expiry.

2009-02-02/15:35/ Democrats proposes that public TV offer free airtime for electoral ads

Chisinau (IPN) President of the Democratic Party (PD) Dumitru Diacov proposes that the public TV station offer free airtime for electoral ads, Info-Prim Neo reports. "Taking into account that the political parties are not funded from the state budget, and the parliamentary elections are an event of national importance, it would be a good idea that the public television offers free airtime to electoral competitors," Diacov stated at the plenary sitting of the Parliament on Monday, Info-Prim Neo reports.

According to him, the price of an advertising minute at private YV stations is not more than 400 euros, while the public TV sets the price of 600 euro/minute. "We have calculated that, if a party wants to have two minutes of ads at three TV stations, it should spend 2,500 euros a day. But if we book two minutes a day on Moldova 1, we need some 70,000 euros," Diacov said.

The PD parliamentarian proposes that the Parliament should consider a draft decision on Tuesday recommending the public TV to offer free airtime or at least to set a reasonable price. Dumitru Diacov believes "thus it means the state, the governance stimulates the political corruption in Moldova." "I do not understand how the political parties can spend by 2,500 euros a day on ads. This period should not be used to enrich the television," the MP said.

His proposal however was not set for voting by speaker Marian Lupu, on reason there was not a draft decision. Lupu recommended Dumitru Diacov to come up with draft decision. The same fate was shared by the proposal of Vlad Filat, the president of the Liberal-Democratic Party, who asks for opening polling stations for Moldovan citizens on the countries where Moldova does not have diplomatic missions.



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