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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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PACE highlights numerous violations took place during April 5 elections

On June 23, the PACE Monitoring Committee held an exchange of views on the situation in Moldova and made public the Information Note on follow-up to Resolution 1666 (2009) prepared by the Committee's co-rapporteurs, Josette Durrieu (France) and Egidijus Vareikis (Lithuania, on the basis of their visit to Chisinau on June 10, 2009.
INFOTAG, 24 June 2009, 19:55

Chisinau, June 24 ( INFOTAG ). In this Note, the rapporteurs called on the Moldovan authorities to apply scrupulously the new provisions of the Electoral Code. They also recommended that the Assembly Bureau appoint a strong delegation to observe the elections in Moldova on July 29, 2009.


Lastly, the co-rapporteurs expressed their desire to see the election campaign take place under the best possible conditions, in accordance with European standards, particularly with regard to access to the media.

The members of the previous Moldovan delegation to the Assembly and the representatives of the opposition parties in the dissolved Parliament (Liberal Party, Liberal Democratic Party and "Moldova Nostra" Alliance) were invited to take part in this exchange of views. The former delegation members were unable to participate in the discussion

The said Resolution 1666 (2009) said, in particular, that the April 5 parliamentary elections in Moldova were an essential test for Moldova's democracy and should have enabled the country to strengthen democratic institutions and make progress towards European integration

In the view of the Parliamentary Assembly's ad hoc committee which observed the elections, they met many international standards and commitments but further improvements were required to ensure an electoral process free of undue administrative interference and to increase public confidence.

Furthermore, the observers noted that the electoral process was marked by a number of significant procedural shortcomings and that significant improvements in the electoral process were required. The state broadcaster blurred the distinction between the coverage of duties of state officials and their campaign activities.

The observers wrote that although the campaign environment was pluralist, peaceful and without any major violent incidents, it was marked by frequent allegations of intimidation of voters and candidates, as well as by claims of misuse of administrative resources.

The Parliamentary Assembly regrets that some of the problems are identical to those detected in previous elections in Moldova and, most recently, during the local elections in 2007. The Assembly underlined that such recurrent problems in Moldovan electoral practice are not in line with the obligations that Council of Europe member states, which are aspiring to build a pluralist democratic society based on the rule of law, must respect.

The Parliamentary Assembly deplored the fact that the peaceful protest in front of the buildings of the presidency and the parliament which began on April 6, mainly at the initiative of young people who did not accept the results of the elections, degenerated on April 7 into a violent attack on, and destruction of, the buildings of the parliament and the presidency, as well as the destruction of several public buildings. "The right to demonstrate is essential in a democracy", the Resolution said.

At the same time, the Assembly disapproved of the statements made by the Moldovan authorities immediately after the outbreak of violence, in which officials at the highest political level, without first having conducted a thorough investigation, accused the opposition of staging the violent protests in an attempt to organize a coup d'Г©tat. The Assembly believes that, in the circumstances, the authorities should have shown greater restraint in their statements in order to calm the situation.

The Assembly is strongly concerned about acts of violence that were committed by the police during the post-electoral events. According to the information available, more than 300 people were arrested and 9 are still being held in detention.



Readers' comments
Recent comments:
iannn, 25 June 2009, 7:47
How many invitations have been sent to independant observers to ensure the comming elections are honest.
What provisions have been made to allow independent media to cover the elections?

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