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Moldova Communists to reject the uninominal electoral system, Voronin: We are not convinced

The Party of Communists, once the leading party of Moldova, declared that it is against the change of the current electoral system.

During a press briefing after the Parliament session on March 17th, former President and Communist leader Vladimir Voronin voiced the decision that the current Communist caucus (7 deputies out of initial 21) would not vote for a single member constituency electoral system:

“There are no arguments that could convince us that the imperfection of the current system can be overcome by switching to elections in single member constituencies”, he said.

Voronin thinks that a new system would make the current problems more serious and lead to new problems:

“Bribing the voters and the elected deputies would be much easier, which would lead, certainly, to the concentration of the power in the hands of a small group of persons, that push forward, by all means, the modifications in the Electoral Code”, stressed Moldova’s ex-President.

According to him, the current status quo is the true root of the political corruption and should be replaced, not the electoral system. Voronin thinks that the current government is going to use the new electoral system to stay in power.

On March 6th, the Democratic Party of Moldova, led by oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, announced about proposing a new electoral system for the Parliamentary elections. Instead of the current proportional system, they propose a majoritarian one, where MPs are elected from constituencies of approx. 30000 voters, including some elected by Moldovans living abroad. The deputies would be also liable to dismissal by local referendums during their terms.

The draft law was already registered at the Parliament of Moldova and waits the approval of the Venice Commission (Council of Europe).

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Democrats win mayor seats in 4 villages, “Shor Party” VP Tauber gets mayor seat in Jora de Mijloc

21 May 2018- Besides Chișinău and Bălți, mayoral elections were held in five villages in Moldova.

In Jora de Mijloc, Orhei District, “Shor Party” Vice-President Marina Tauber won 61,07% of the votes. Her opponent, Democrat Lucia Terenti got 38,05%.

Marina Tauber

The small village got more attention not because the Orhei-born Tauber suddenly came to Jora de Mijloc to win the mayor seat, but because of the reported frauds and irregularities on the election day. Quoted by TV8, Promo-LEX found more than 10 violations in Jora de Mijloc: organized transport of voters, the presence of unauthorized persons next to the polling stations, the disconnection of security cameras in the center, taking photos of the voting ballot, etc. There were several reported cases of persons registering and taking photos of voters next to the polling station.

In other villages, Democrat mayors won with an overwhelming majority of votes:

  • Leușeni, Hâncești District- Ion Dragan, 90,79%;
  • Nemțeni, Hâncești District- Maria Ghițu, 82,58%;
  • Volovița, Soroca District- Ghenadie Nitrean, 79,36%;
  • Pârlița, Ungheni District- Stanislav Babuțac, 85,61%.

Source: CEC/TV8

The mandates of these mayors cannot be more than one year, because in 2019 the mayoral elections will have to be held again at the same time with the local council elections.

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Bălți mayoral elections: Nicolai Grigorișin wins 61,74% of the votes

Source: cec.md

21 May 2018- The preliminary results of the Bălți mayoral elections have been made public by the Central Electoral Commission of Moldova.

Nicolai Grigorișin, the candidate of “Our Party”, won 61,74% of the total votes. Grigorișin thus won the Bălți elections in the first round. He belongs to the party of the resigned-exiled Bălți mayor, Renato Usatîi.

Source: cec.md

Socialist candidate Alexandr Usatîi got 19,17% of the votes, while Platform “Dignity and Truth” candidate Arina Spătaru- 6,12%.

In February 2018, the leader of “Our Party”, Renato Usatîi, announced his resignation from the position of mayor of Bălți municipality. Usatîi is accused of an attempt of assassination against the Russian banker German Gorbuntsov, holder of Moldovan citizenship. A subject of an international warrant, he was not in Moldova for more than a year, and meetings of the City Hall officials were often conducted with Usatîi’s presence via Skype. Usatîi is reportedly residing in his house in Moscow, Russia.

The mandate of the mayor cannot last for more than one year, because in 2019 the mayoral elections will have to be held again at the same time with the local council elections.

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Chișinău mayoral elections: Ion Ceban gets 40,97% of the votes, Andrei Năstase- 32,12%, second round expected

Source: IPN

21 May 2018- The preliminary results of the Chișinău mayoral elections have been presented.

The candidate of the Party of Socialists, Ion Ceban, won 40,97% of the votes, while Andrei Năstase of the Platform “Dignity and Truth” got 32,12% of the votes. Ceban and Năstase will thus compete in the second round of the elections in two weeks.

Independent candidate Silvia Radu got 17,65% of the votes, followed by the National Unity Party’s candidate Constantin Codreanu with 4,55% and the Liberal Party’s candidate Valeriu Munteanu with 3,61%. Other candidates got under 1%.

The voter turnout in Chișinău was 35,53%.

The mandate of the mayor cannot last for more than one year, because in 2019 the mayoral elections will have to be held again at the same time with the local council elections.

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