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12 May 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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CEC declines opposition's demand to revise election campaign coverage blueprint

By a majority of votes, the Moldovan Central Election Commission rejected the insistent proposals filed by the Democratic Party (DP) and the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (LDPM) to revise the recently adopted blueprint of parliamentary election campaign coverage.
INFOTAG, 18 February 2009, 18:16

Chisinau, February 18 ( INFOTAG ). The two opposition parties demanded to cancel a provision stipulating that electoral debates on television and radio may only be launched after the registration of all electoral candidates is completed. The registration period will last until March 4, which means that only one month will be given for live debates.

CEC member Nicolae Garbu also believes it is unfair to permit all parties to start their TV/radio debates only one month before the election day, whereas the governing Communist Party - through its Chairman, President of Moldova Vladimir Voronin and Prime Minister Zinaida Grechanaya - have already been long waging their electioneering by means of the Communists-controlled television companies.

But another CEC member, Pavel Midrigan, proposed to decline the Democrats' and Liberal Democrats' proposals. He referred to the Electoral Code, according to which all candidates for parliament must be provided with equal rights, so he claimed it is normal that live debates are started only after the registration stage is over.

He was backed by CEC Chairman Eugen Stirbu, who stated that the blueprint is not a dogma and can certainly be changed or amended, "but one may not change its main concept - provision of equal conditions for all".

The Commission Chairman remarked that every runner wants to take part in the debates at their final, conclusive stage. So, if the CEC revises the blueprint, then advantage will be with candidates that get registered the latest.

 



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