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Exhibition of Political Parties Partide.MD
On December 3–4, 2008, the Association for Participatory Democracy ADEPT and the Central Electoral Commission organised for the first time an exhibition of political parties Partide.MD within the UNDEF-funded project "Stronger Cooperation between Political Parties, Electoral Bodies and Voters". 14 political parties took part in the exhibition. They introduced their statutory principles, programmatic objectives, accomplishments and teams to the exhibition’s visitors. Media outlets and visitors to the exhibition enjoyed the opportunity to discuss live with representatives of parties and to be answered questions relating to position of parties concerning certain situations in the society, social-economic and political matters.
The exhibition agenda included several topics ("Youths in politics", "Women in politics", "Participation of national minorities via party branches", and "Coalition for free and fair elections – Coalition-2009"), with young wings, women’s organisations and representatives of other elements of party structures presenting own activities, achievements and further plans.
The exhibition Partide.MD culminated with the opening of the 8th edition of the "Leadership School" organised by ADEPT with the financial support of the Dutch Embassy. The aim of the school is to provide representatives of young wings of parties and civil society with a common framework for training and debating of key problems for Moldova. The current edition will bring together 40 audients representing 14 political parties.
The exhibition included the national conference "2009 Elections – a Democratic Test", which brought together more than 130 participants such as leaders of political parties, members of the Central Electoral Commission, representatives of diplomatic corps and international organisations in Moldova, civil society, central public administration and public and private media outlets etc. The conference discussed very important matters for the forthcoming parliamentary elections set for spring 2009, in particular, readiness of electoral bodies for the elections; perception of the quality of electoral legislation by competent international organisations; basic principles for drafting the concept and regulation on media coverage of electoral campaign; reasons for reticence of the private broadcasters in Moldova to cover electoral campaign; offer by nongovernmental organisations included in the Coalition-2009 to monitor the electoral process; consultation of parties in connection with the draft Code of Conduct for Elections worked out by the Central Electoral Commissio, etc.