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Gagauzia leader about autonomy’s quota in new electoral system: “We were lied to”

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The bashkan of Gagauzia, Irina Vlah, showed her dissatisfaction during a yearly press conference regarding the quota of MPs set for the region in the new electoral system, reports TV8.

“We were lied to. Initially, the discussion was about five mandates, then we were talking about three mandates within the implemented mixed system. As a result, we ended up only with two mandates”, says Vlah.

The leader of the region is also dissatisfied with the distribution of electoral districts within Gagauzia but made it clear that the situation is convenient to the Democrats.

Vlah supported the idea of a special law offering a quota of 5 MPs for Gagauzia by default.

According to the new electoral system, 51 MPs would be elected from electoral districts and 50 from party lists. The Venice Commission strongly advised the Moldovan authorities not to implement the mixed electoral system at the current moment.

Gagauzia was established in 1994 as an autonomy for around 150 000 Gagauz (Turkish origin) people in the south of the Republic of Moldova.

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Gagauzia’s budget for 2018 estimated at 706 million lei

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The draft law on the budget of Gagauzia for 2018 was recently approved by the Executive Committee of the autonomy, reports Gagauzinfo.md.

According to the chief of the finance department of the region, Tatiana Doycheva, the budget of 706 295 000 lei is more balanced between earnings and expenditures. Gagauzia’s own earnings are expected to be over 307 million lei. The biggest part of the expenditures, 336 million lei, will be made into the financing of the education system, also financed from the republican budget. Significant funds will be dedicated to the 8 social programs of the region. Some 15 million will be dedicated to the Fund of Contribution, 50 million to the Capital Investment Fund, 5 million to the Fund for Supporting Entrepreneurship and 800 thousand lei for the Fund of Gagauzia’s development.

The draft budget is now to be directed to the People’s Assembly, the regional parliament, for full adoption. The 2017 budget of Gagauzia was evaluated at 570 million lei.

Gagauzia was established in 1994 as an autonomy for around 150 000 Gagauz (Turkish origin) people in the south of the Republic of Moldova.

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Moldova Government rejects draft giving Gagauzia 3 single-member electoral districts

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On October 25th, the Government of Moldova gave a red light to the draft law of the Socialists on increasing Gagauzia’s quota to 3 single-member districts in the eventual “electoral districts map” of the mixed electoral system.

According to Newsmaker.md, the Justice Minister Vladimir Cebotari motivated the refusal with the argument that the electoral laws should not be changed in the last year before the elections, as the 2002 Venice Commission recommendations say. In response, one of the coauthors of the draft, Vladimir Țurcan, called the motivation “nonsense”, adding that there is still time until the end of October. Țurcan declared that the draft took into consideration OSCE recommendations on the participation of national minorities into social-political life. The Socialist underlined that taking into account the voter population of over 133 thousand, one district would get more than 66 thousand voters- way more than other electoral districts.

The draft of the Socialists proposed the formation of three electoral districts with “relatively equal number of voters” within Gagauzia, but also the obligation of including at least two representatives of ethnic minorities living in Moldova on party lists.

According to the new system, 51 MPs would be elected from electoral districts and 50 from party lists. The current edition of the electoral law also stipulates that the electoral districts would be formed by a special Government commission, composed of civil society and political parties’ representatives, as well as representatives of ethnic minorities and expert bodies. The shape of the electoral districts would be published one year before the elections. Voters from Transnistria and from abroad would be represented on the geographical basis, besides their electoral “weight”. 7 electoral debates have been organized to debate the draft on the mixed electoral system, but a large part of the civil society and all opposition parties refused to participate and had little involvement stating that the new system does not address the real problems of the electoral process.

The Venice Commission strongly advised the Moldovan authorities not to implement the mixed electoral system at the current moment.

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