Connect with us

Politics

Moldova’s uninominal electoral districts drafted: 46 inside the country, 3 abroad, 2 in Transnistria

On October 30th, the National Commission for forming the uninominal districts for the mixed electoral system approved by 16 out of 18 votes the structure of these electoral districts.

Only the Socialist MP Vlad Bătrîncea and President’s legal adviser Maxim Lebedinschi objected to the shape of some districts in the north of Moldova and the division of Dubăsari district between one Orhei electoral district and another Criuleni electoral district. In response, the Democrat representative declared, quoted by Newsmaker.md, that the current shapes are needed to contain not more than 65 thousand people. Maria Nedealcov of the Institute of Ecology and Geography also reacted to the objections of the Socialists, saying that the final draft of the electoral map contains all of their proposals: “One should have been present at all the meetings. (…) I will not remake the map”.

In addition, the Socialists were concerned about the lack of additional districts abroad and the lack of shape for the electoral districts in the Transnistrian region, uncontrolled by the Chișinău authorities.

In total, there would be 51 electoral districts:

  • 46 in the “Prut-Nistru” Moldova: two in Gagauzia autonomy, two in Bălți, one in Bulgarian-populated Taraclia district, eleven in Chișinău, and other 30 in the rest of the republic;
  • 2 in the Transnistrian region: 1 electoral district would include Dubăsari, Camenca, Râbnița and Grigoripopol districts, another electoral district would include Tiraspol, Slobozia districts and Tighina/Bender municipality (nobody knows how the elections will be conducted in the uncontrolled territories);
  • 3 abroad for the Moldovan diaspora and migrant workers: one district for states east of Moldova, one district for those West of Moldova and a separate one for US and Canada.

A news outlet even managed to obtain a leaked full report outlining the shape of the future electoral districts.

The intra- and extra-Parliamentary opposition did not participate at all in the process of forming the districts because of their total opposition to the project of the mixed electoral system in Moldova, warning about the dangers stated by the Venice Commission.

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.

Currently studying International Relations at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Study focus: Transnistrian conflict settlement, Moldovan statehood, Moldovan democracy. Inquiries at [email protected]

Politics

Poll: Should elections unfold next Sunday, PSRM would garner 49 per cent, PPDA – 15, PDM – 13 and PAS – 11

Should parliamentary elections be held next Sunday, four parties would pass over the threshold into the legislature. They are PSRM, PPDA, PAS and PDM. This comes out of the latest poll by the Sociologists and Demographers Association from Moldova.

Almost 50% of the respondents with clear voting intentions would cast their ballots for the Socialists Party (49.7%). The number of the Socialists’ voters has slightly dropped, compared to the results of a similar research presented in April (50.5%).

PPDA would come second and would collect 15.9% of the votes of the interviewed. In April, the rating of Andrei Năstase’s party was 8.9%.

The Democratic Party from Moldova would garner 13.5%, compared to 10.7% in April. The ranking of the parties with chances to get into the Parliament is closed by Maia Sandu’s organization. PAS would get 11.1% of the votes from the decided respondents, as compared to 19.3% in the previous poll.

The poll was carried out from June 26 through July 7 on a sample of 1,195 respondents from 81 Moldovan localities. The error margin is +/-3%.

Continue Reading

Politics

“Let’s stop the dictator”: Protest in Chișinău against the invalidation of mayor election results

1 July 2018- Another protest called “Let’s stop the dictator!” is taking place today in Chișinău over the invalidation of election results, hence the mandate of Andrei Năstase as mayor-elect.

The protesters ask for the validation of the results of Chișinău mayor elections, suggesting that the oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc, obviously bothered by Năstase’s win, influenced the judicial decision. On June 29th, the Central Electoral Commission took the decision to invalidate the results, after Moldova’s Supreme Court annulled the results.

LIVE Video of the results:

On June 25th, Moldova’s Supreme Court of Justice rejected the complaint of Chișinău mayor-elect Andrei Năstase and upheld the decision to invalidate the results of June 3 mayoral elections.
The initial invalidation decision was a claim that 3 Facebook live videos posted by Năstase on election day and calling people to vote allegedly influenced the results. The court decided to annul the results based on a complaint filed by the Socialists’ Party, but later even Năstase’s former opponent Ion Ceban declared he wanted the court “just to notice some violations”, not to completely cancel the election results.
Continue Reading

Politics

Mogherini, Hahn: We expect the Moldovan authorities to take measures ensuring Chișinău election results are respected

27 June 2018- EU’s High Representative Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn made a statement on the invalidation of the mayoral elections in Chișinău.

According to Mogherini and Hahh, the “non-transparent invalidation of the mayoral elections in Chișinău”, confirmed by Moldova’s Supreme Court on June 25th, “deprives the people of Chișinău of their democratically-elected mayor, Mr. Andrei Năstase(…)”. Moreover, it was not requested by any of the participants in the election.

“This decision undermines the trust of the Moldovan people in the state institutions. It is to be noted that none of the participants of the electoral process asked for the annulation of the elections.”

The European officials reminded that the independence of the justice system is one of the conditions of the current EU-Moldova Association Agreement:

An independent judiciary, free from any political pressure, ruling in a transparent manner, as well as credible, inclusive and transparent elections at all levels are pillars of any democracy. Respect for democratic values and the rule of law are also at the heart of the European Union’s relations with the Republic of Moldova, as our Association Agreement testifies.
The European Union expects the Moldovan authorities to guarantee judicial independence in line with its international commitments as one of the key principles of the rule of law, a crucial element of democracy, and a long-standing expectation of the Moldovan citizens.
In the end, Hahn and Mogherini are asking the Moldovan authorities to take “appropriate measures” to ensure the election results are respected.
(…)we expect the Moldovan authorities to take appropriate measures to ensure that the results of the Chisinau mayoral elections, as recognised also by national and international observers and reflecting the will of the voters, are respected.
In this regard, the message might be addressed to the judicial authorities, quite possible the Supreme Council of Magistrates, and not to the governing Democratic Party, who is thought to be controlling the judicial system in Moldova.

On June 25th, Moldova’s Supreme Court of Justice rejected the complaint of Chișinău mayor-elect Andrei Năstase and upheld the decision to invalidate the results of June 3 mayoral elections.
The initial invalidation decision was a claim that 3 Facebook live videos posted by Năstase on election day and calling people to vote allegedly influenced the results. The court decided to annul the results based on a complaint filed by the Socialists’ Party, but later even Năstase’s former opponent Ion Ceban declared he wanted the court “just to notice some violations”, not to completely cancel the election results.
Continue Reading

Latest News

Politics5 days ago

Poll: Should elections unfold next Sunday, PSRM would garner 49 per cent, PPDA – 15, PDM – 13 and PAS – 11

Should parliamentary elections be held next Sunday, four parties would pass over the threshold into the legislature. They are PSRM,...

Important2 weeks ago

Weekly Roundup: Protests continue in Chișinău, IMF’s third tranche, and NATO’s done with Soviet pesticides

1 July 2018- Here’s another Weekly Roundup. Protests again in Chișinău and many other things… “Let’s stop the dictator!”: Hundreds...

Politics2 weeks ago

“Let’s stop the dictator”: Protest in Chișinău against the invalidation of mayor election results

1 July 2018- Another protest called “Let’s stop the dictator!” is taking place today in Chișinău over the invalidation of election...

Politics3 weeks ago

Mogherini, Hahn: We expect the Moldovan authorities to take measures ensuring Chișinău election results are respected

27 June 2018- EU’s High Representative Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn made a statement on the invalidation of the...

Politics3 weeks ago

Protests after Moldova’s Supreme Court maintains the decision of invalidating the mandate of Chișinău mayor-elect// PHOTO

25 June 2018- Moldova’s Supreme Court of Justice rejected the complaint of Chișinău mayor-elect Andrei Năstase and upheld the decision to...

Important3 weeks ago

Weekly Roundup: Facebook Live’s influence on election results, UNGA adopts Moldovan resolution, Democrat ambassador to the US

It’s a new Weekly Roundup here, at Moldova.org. How much does it influence your opinion? Facebook Live and independent Moldovan judges:  The...

Politics3 weeks ago

Protests for the validation of Andrei Năstase’s win in Chișinău mayoral elections /LIVE VIDEO

24 June 2018- After the Chișinău Appeal Court upheld the decision of a lower court to annul the win of...

Advertisement

Opinions

Trending