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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.

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President Dodon’s reaction after suspension: Instead of stopping the violations committed by the government, CC gives a green light to their promotion

“I regret that instead of stopping serious violations committed by the government, the Constitutional Court gives the green light to their further promotion. This raises great questions about the professionalism and independence of Court judges.”

“Those in power and the institutions they control simply do not realize the severity of their actions and the consequences that will arise. But, sooner or later, they’ll have to pay for these violations,” declared Dodon on his Facebook page.

President Igor Dodon says that by the decision to suspend him, the Constitutional Court has committed a double illegality and that his attempt to halt a serious violation of the law has been thwarted “by a so-called acting president”.

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The Constitutional Court has decided: Igor Dodon will be suspended from office

Today, the Constitutional Court (CC) of the Republic of Moldova approved the complaint filed by deputies, after Igor Dodon repeatedly refused to appoint two ministers proposed by Vladimir Plahotniuc on September 18th.

According to the president of the CC, Mihai Poalelungi, the circumstance justifying the interim presidential function was ascertained, and the President of the Parliament or the prime minister would issue the decrees for the appointment of the two ministers.

So far, Igor Dodon has been suspended three times because he has repeatedly refused to sign decrees to appoint several ministers proposed by the Democratic Party.

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A group of Democratic Party deputies demanded temporary suspension of President Igor Dodon

President Igor Dodon is on the brink of his fourth temporary suspension after he repeatedly refused to appoint two candidates as ministers.

Today, a group of deputies of the Democratic Party submitted a petition to the Constitutional Court, requesting “a statement of the circumstances justifying the interim president of the Republic of Moldova in order to overcome the constitutional blockade generated by the deliberate refusal to fulfill the constitutional obligation of the appointment of some members of the Government.”

Reminder: Although Prime Minister Pavel Filip declared he will insist on the two candidatures, Igor Dodon refuses to sign the decrees for the appointment of the new ministers proposed by PDM. Dodon said that Silvia Radu, proposed for the position of Minister of Health, would not be a specialist in the given field, and Nicolae Ciubuc, who was promoted to the Minister of Agriculture, would have problems of integrity.

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