“PROHIBITED VOTE = DEFRAUDED ELECTIONS”. The bloc ‘ACUM’ demands that Diaspora is able to vote with expired passports // VIDEO
This morning, the electoral bloc ‘ACUM’ organized a public action in front of the Central Electoral Commission with the title “PROHIBITED VOTE = DEFRAUDED ELECTIONS”. The participants were dissatisfied with the fact that Moldovan citizens from abroad will not be able to vote based on expired passports in the February 24 elections.
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The co-chair of the bloc ‘ACUM’, Maia Sandu, said that the CEC wants to ban the vote for ±100.000 of Moldovan citizens and that this is a violation of the Constitution.
In all these years, the CEC issued election decisions confirming citizens’ right to vote regardless of the status of their passports.
“We are at the CEC today because these elections are neither free nor fair. CEC and other state institutions do not see or want to take an attitude based on the reported abuses committed by certain electoral contestants. […] The Commission sends signals stating that it will NOT allow our fellow citizens who are abroad to vote within valid foreign passports,” declared Maia Sandu.
Representatives of the Diaspora, who attended the event, mentioned that their right to vote was restricted.
“Our Government likes our money sent abroad, but they don’t seem to like our vote,” said a Moldovan woman, established for 3 years now, in the UK.
The protesters have asked the Central Electoral Commission to make a decision based on allowing citizens abroad to vote by expired acts, as in the previous elections.
The Festival of Talents of the Moldovan Diaspora will have its first edition in London
The Festival of Talents of the Moldovan Diaspora is the first event that unifies the entire Moldovan diaspora from the United Kingdom.
Being organised by UncageX – an international community of Moldovan entrepreneurs representing a movement towards self-development, transformation and exploration – with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in the United Kingdom, this festival aims to promote the image of Moldova and to strengthen the love of its people for their roots.
Another goal of the festival is to present and promote the organisations of the Moldovan Diaspora in the UK, as well as the services and products created and delivered by Moldovan citizens who are settled in the United Kingdom.
The Festival of Talents of the Moldovan Diaspora, just as its name suggests, will have as guests talented people from Moldova who are already beloved by the public or are just newly introduced to it.
The special guests of this event are:
- Andrei Bolocan – the author, producer and host of the “Lumina” Show, who will be for the first time in the UK.
- Alexandru Manciu – the winner of the “Star Factory” Show
- Vasile Vozian – international fashion designer
- Dan-Iulian Druțac – violinist and participant of the “Moldo Crescendo” Festival
- Denis Roșca – the author of the “Golden Book of Bessarabia and of the Republic of Moldova”
- Constantin Botezat – artist, painter.
The event will take place on December 21st, at Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, in London,.
Tickets may be purchased here.
Moldovan Government fell as a result of the Parliament’s no-confidence vote – a full picture of events
Today, October 12th, the government led by Maia Sandu collapsed. The no-confidence motion submitted by the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM) in the Parliament was adopted by 63 Members of the Parliament (MPs) – 34 MPs were from the PSRM and 29 deputies from the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM).
Details about the no-confidence motion here.
The contradictory declarations
Prime Minister Maia Sandu had a speech at the Parliament today, trying to defend the Government’s position.
“Deputies from the Socialist Party build their motion on false accusations about the worsening of the social and economic situation of the country. Why do you lie to people? Where do you see the worsening social and economic situation? The only worsening of the economic situation is for those who have been stopped from corruption schemes. […]
The citizens did not expect miracles in 5 months, they understand and appreciate a responsible government, made up of honest ministers, who came to these functions to make people’s lives better.
The vision of ACUM is known – we want true justice. We want efficient prosecutors and judges who make decisions in the name of law. We want those who stole the billion to go to jail. It’s simple. That is what the whole society wants,” Maia Sandu announced.
“Today, there was not only a betrayal of the Government, but also of every citizen who hoped that justice would soon be done and the life would be better,” Sandu also claimed.
President Igor Dodon made a few declarations in a press conference after the Parliament’s sitting. First of all, Dodon stated that Prime Minister Maia Sandu intentionally caused the fall of the entire Cabinet of Ministers. “Maia Sandu intentionally caused the fall of Government and the crisis of the ruling coalition to distract the citizens’ attention from the inefficient economic and social policies of the last five months. Apart from promises, Maia Sandu was not able to provide any results,” said Igor Dodon.
The head of state declared that he is ready to accept any candidacy for the position of prime minister, proposed by ACUM and PSRM, but he will not accept the candidacy of Maia Sandu again. “If the MPs from ACUM will not accept the dialogue, then their desire to cause snap parliamentary elections, in an extremely difficult period for the Republic of Moldova, becomes evident.”
At the same time, President Dodon invited all parliamentary factions to consultations for the appointment of a new prime minister tomorrow. The president of the country said he could personally submit a candidate for the position of prime minister. The head of state also gave assurances that “the Socialists do not want a coalition with DPM.”
The reactions of Moldova’s international partners
The EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Maja Kocijancic, expressed her concern regarding the situation in the Republic of Moldova in an official statement.
“The vote of no-confidence in the government in the Republic of Moldova over questions concerning the recruitment process of the Prosecutor General sends worrying signals for the reform process in the country.
The coalition had started a number of initiatives to deliver on the key commitments made since June notably in the fields of the fight against corruption, independence of the judiciary and investigation into the banking fraud.
The need for such reforms has not gone away with the voting down of the government.
The European Union’s partnership will remain focused on delivering tangible benefits to the Moldovan citizens. In this spirit, the EU is committed to working with those in the Republic of Moldova who support the reform process that is at the core of our Association Agreement, in particular as regards fighting corruption and vested interests irrespective of the political affiliations, ensuring the independence of the judiciary and de-politicising the state institutions. We will continue to base our relationship with the Republic of Moldova on the principle of conditionality and respect for the rule of law and democratic standards,” is mentioned in the statement.
Dragoș Tudorache, the rapporteur of the European Parliament (EP) for the Republic of Moldova, also made a statement about today’s events in Moldova: “Politicians in the Republic of Moldova should never forget the only objective that matters both now and in the future: the European route of their country. […] Rapid action is therefore needed to provide the necessary assurances that the pro-European route is not derailed in any way. We are waiting for the correct signals that will follow from the negotiations in the coming days and I hope that we will not have any unpleasant surprises from the Moldovan politicians,” the EP rapporteur declared.
The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, argued that the socialist approach to dismiss the Government is against the long-term interests of the Republic of Moldova.
“Romania strongly supported the efforts of the Government of Chișinău, given the clear and determined commitment of the government coalition for the European path. […] In this context, Romania’s support, including financial support, will continue to focus on the interests of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, as well as on the implementation of strategic bilateral projects, being strictly conditioned by the continuation of the essential reforms for the democratic development of the Republic of Moldova and the advancement of its European path,” it is mentioned in the official statement of the Romanian head of state.
What is happening next?
According to the law of the Republic of Moldova, after the MPs have adopted the no-confidence motion against the Executive, prime minister is obliged to submit to the head of state the resignation of the Government within a maximum of three days. The Cabinet of Ministers will be in office until the members of the new Government are appointed.
During the term of his resignation, the Government cannot make foreign policy decisions and is not entitled to legislative initiative.
The president of the Republic of Moldova is obliged to initiate consultations with parliamentary factions to form a new Government.
After consulting the MPs, the president appoints a candidate for the position of prime minister and, within 15 days from the appointment, the candidate requests the confidence vote of the Parliament on the Government’s program of activity, presenting the full list of the Cabinet of Ministers.
The deadline for forming a new Government is three months. If the Government does not get the confidence vote from the Parliament during this period, the legislative is dissolved and snap parliamentary elections are called.
Moldova’s Press Council President: “Free mass media in Moldova still conducts its activity on subsistence level.”
Free mass media institutions in the Republic of Moldova are kept on subsistence level due to limited access to supposedly public information, which declines the quality of media products, concentration of mass media in the hands of politicians, which creates a high volume of manipulative information, as well as the monopoly of advertising market, which cuts the main source of income for the majority of media outlets in Moldova, according to a statement published by media-azi.md.
In result, “free media can’t survive without help from external donors and journalism as a profession can’t develop.” The declarations were made by Viorica Zaharia, Moldova’s Press Council President, at the Mass Media Forum, which took place on November 4-5.
“Of course, underdeveloped or enslaved journalism is only an obstacle to the democratic development of a state. Also, the same factors determined a lower position in the World Press Freedom Index for Moldova, a report prepared by Reporters Without Borders,” emphasised Viorica Zaharia. The Republic of Moldova dropped 10 positions in 2019 as compared to 2018, from 81st to 91st rank.
Press Council president added that there are visible signs of redistribution of influence spheres in the media market. The same aspect was stressed by Prime minister Maia Sandu, who also participated and gave a speech at the event. In her opinion, free mass media in Moldova face a dramatic situation, as it struggles to survive.
“The General Media Group TV stations give up national frequencies, they lose people after Vladimir Plahotniuc left the country. Probably some of them will be shut down. […] Instead, another holding, which is politically affiliated with the Socialists, gets ahead. Accent TV has recently received the right to re-transmit the most popular TV station in Russia. Where one political power weakened, another is seeking to strengthen its position.”
The prime minister also mentioned the Government’s 3 priorities regarding the Moldovan media: supporting free media channels by creating proper conditions for their development, strengthening the independence and creative capacity of public media institutions, and increasing the capacities of regulators in media advertising to maintain market stability.
With messages of support for free media came the Ambassador of Sweden to the Republic of Moldova, Anna Lyberg, and USAID Mission Director in the Republic of Moldova, Scott Hocklander. The latter official mentioned the Media-M program, which is implemented in Moldova for a period of five years, aiming to support independent media, product diversification and media sustainability.
The Mass-Media Forum is organised annually by the Press Council of the Republic of Moldova, in partnership with the Independent Press Association (IPA), the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and the Electronic Press Association (ELPA).
In the Republic of Moldova, the Deontological Code of Journalists is signed by 25 national media institutions, 28 news portals (including Moldova.org) and 46 local or regional media institutions.
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