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10 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

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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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European Ambassadors calling upon Moldovan authorities to ensure democratic elections

The EU Ambassadors wrote in their Joint Statement it is particularly important to guarantee full respect for the principle of political pluralism including competition of parties and candidates and, ultimately, of ideas with the aim of protecting maximum voter choice.
INFOTAG, 25 November 2008, 18:38

Chisinau, November 25 ( INFOTAG ). The heads of diplomatic missions of the European Union member states - Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Great Britain - as well as the Delegation of the European Commission to the Republic of Moldova and the Chisinau Office of the European Union Special Representative have called upon the Republic of Moldova authorities to ensure that the forthcoming 2009 parliamentary elections are conducted in accordance with international standards for democratic elections.

The EU Ambassadors wrote in their Joint Statement it is particularly important to guarantee full respect for the principle of political pluralism including competition of parties and candidates and, ultimately, of ideas with the aim of protecting maximum voter choice.

"We note in this regard that a number of political parties have complained of difficulties encountered in complying with the new registration procedures introduced by the Law on Political Parties which was adopted in April this year. Delays in obtaining proper registration could jeopardize the chances of political parties or candidates of participating fully or at all in the upcoming elections. We therefore call upon the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova to ensure that the procedures for registration of parties and movements are applied in a timely, fair and transparent manner", the document said.

Its authors are also concerned by a mounting number of criminal investigations, which have been recently initiated against opposition politicians, and "While we appreciate the importance of the fight against crime and corruption, it is essential that the law enforcement agencies act, and are seen to act, in an impartial and transparent manner. This is particularly important in the context of an electoral campaign where the launch of criminal investigations risk undermining the ability of candidates to participate effectively in the electoral campaign".

The also noted the importance of guaranteeing access to the media for all parties participating in the elections and ensuring balanced coverage of the elections themselves. In this regard, they attach great importance to the editorial independence of the public broadcaster and to the pluralistic nature of the audio-visual environment of the electoral campaign. So, "the issue of the renewal of broadcasting licenses will also be of particular relevance here".

"In this context, we recall the Conclusions of the General Affairs and External Relations Council of February 2008 welcoming the progress made by the Republic of Moldova in the implementation of the ENP Action Plan over the past three years. We also note its call for further and continuous efforts to strengthen democracy and the rule of law, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of the media, inter alia, in the run up to the parliamentary elections", the Statement said.

The European diplomats wrote the EU is committed to further deepening the relationship, "However, we call on the Moldovan leadership to ensure that further progress in bringing Moldova close to the EU will not be hindered by shortcomings in the democratic process. We therefore will continue to follow closely the progress of the electoral campaign and the conduct of the elections in the coming months".



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