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Election News from November 3, 2010

Interim President assures free and fair election

The Interim President of the Republic of Moldova, Mihai Ghimpu, had a meeting with Peter Eicher, head of the OSCE mission for monitoring the parliamentary elections of November 28, 2010. During the discussions Mihai Ghimpu said that European Integration Alliance is interested in organizing and conducting free and fair parliamentary elections, so that citizens would have full confidence in political entities that will come to power. Interim President noted that he is firmly convinced that after the elections of November 28 in the Republic of Moldova a political stability will be installed that will allow the new government to accomplish all state modernization programs. Peter Eicher said the mission he chairs will monitor the electoral campaign, the implementation of electoral legislation, the CEC activity and the activity of relevant governmental institutions, as well as how the complaints are being handled. The OSCE official stressed the importance of the elections for overcoming the political crisis in Moldova. (source: Moldpres)

New provocations in Corjova

A group of Transnistrian militiamen entered into Corjova village and urged a group of workers to leave the area where they began construction of a recreation yard for children, as result of an UNDP project won by the local administration. According to the Mayor of Corjova, militiamen have threatened with arrest on the grounds that the works can not be started without the decision of Dubasari district administration. In Corjova numerous incidents occurred, especially on the eve and during the election polls, the separatist authorities resorting to provocations and intimidation, blocking the locality, premises, where the voting takes place. (source: Unimedia)

Details on meetings with voters

Central Electoral Commission (CEC) made clarifications on how to conduct the meetings between electoral candidates with voters in public institutions (schools, kindergartens, hospitals etc.), noting that these meetings can take place: • outside of the working schedule; • after a prior coordination with local authorities and head of the institution; • without the involvement of minors. If the rent fee is charged, it must be equal for all candidates and not exceed the rental fee established for purposes other than electoral ones.

Survey on pre-electoral opinions

International Republican Institute (IRI) conducted a survey according to which the turnout on early parliamentary elections of November 28, 2010 might be of up to 80 percent of the citizens with voting right (47% said they would certainly vote and 34% said they will probably come to the ballot boxes). Only 2% of voters answered that they won't attend the voting, and 9% of respondents aren't decided yet whether to participate in parliamentary elections. According to the survey, 62% of respondents who said they will attend the poll know which party they will vote for, and 24% of them didn't make their mind yet. Among the priority factors that determine the citizens to vote for a particular competitor (party) were mentioned: - party activity (13%), patriotism (10%), transparency (6%), competence of candidates (6%), keeping promises (5%), performance in electoral campaign (3%) etc. IRI survey was conducted between September 7 to 21, 2010, on a sample of 1200 people, with an error margin of plus/minus 3%. (source: Timpul)

Events with participation of electoral competitors

European Action Movement (MAE) calls on all parties to commit themselves in written form or through an internal party decision that they will not make post-election alliance with the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM). MAE believes that verbal statements are not enough and strong guarantees would be required for the electorate that voters will not be betrayed following post-election political negotiations. (source: DECA-press)

Social Democratic Party (PSD) has officially launched the campaign by organizing an event at the Orhei agricultural complex. PSD decided to present the parts of its electoral platform in different districts of the Republic of Moldova, the one presented in Orhei being the section "Recovery of agriculture", which involves the modernization of agriculture by transforming the territories of former kolkhozes and sovkhozes into new business ventures, called - "ProdKoop". The legal form of "ProdKoop"s involves the purchase by the state of all fixed assets in rural areas: livestock complexes, technical-mechanical stations, grain and other warehouses, reconstruction and equipping them with modern equipment and machinery, the introduction of these goods as a share in the establishment of the state enterprise. (source: PSD)

Independent candidates Sergiu Banari and Gheorghe Russu have held press conferences in order to presented the key points of their electoral programs. Sergiu Banari criticized European Integration Alliance, which would not have made tangible things for voters. Gheorghe Russu referred just to priorities of his electoral platform, which is based exclusively on public health and medical insurance issues.

Interview by CEC President

Peculiarities of the electoral campaign were discussed by the chief representative of RIA Novosti in Chisinau and CEC President, Eugen Stirbu. In the interview, the head of the electoral administration said he feels no pressure and influence from the participants in elections or from outside. As to the recommendations for electoral authorities, he mentioned the need for additional ballot boxes, since the ballot papers will be quite long (about 102 cm) and thus, the ballot boxes could be filled before the end of the day. CEC chief does not know the exact number of voters, since the process of compiling and verifying the voter lists is still going on.


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