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Election News from June 22, 2011

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Explanations concerning vote recounting in Chisinau

The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) has explained the vote recounting procedure for the Chisinau Municipal Council, noting that the Centru Law Court will deliver the electoral papers to district praetor’s offices on June 22, 2011 and heads of electoral bodies representing the Chisinau municipal electoral constituency No. 1 will go to district praetor’s offices on June 23 from 08.00 a.m. to 09.00 a.m. to attend a training on vote recounting procedure.

Number of female mayors is on the rise

According to CEC accounts, 166 women were elected mayors this year, and they count for 18.51 percent. As many as 138 mayors (15.37 percent) were elected mayors in 2003 and 163 women (18.15 percent) in 2007.

Timetable of first sitting of elected councillors

The Central Electoral Commission has approved the timetable for some district and municipal councils to convene in the first sitting during June 23 — July 5, 2011. Under the law on local public administration, CEC shall convoke the first sitting of members of district/municipal councils, and members of rural, city councils shall convene in the first sitting under a decision by the constituency electoral council of the 2nd-level administrative territorial unit concerned.

Suspected PCRM candidate withdraws from CMC

Anatolie Tofan, PCRM member of the Chisinau Municipal Council (CMC), has stated that both he and the PCRM was the target of a dirty and base assault aimed to poison and manipulate the public opinion and to denigrate the PCRM team and candidate who ran for the seat of mayor-general of Chisinau municipality. In a move to protect the image of the PCRM and its team, Tofan decided to tender his mandate, but has plans to sue the persons who seriously hit his honour and dignity.

Note: PL councillors said during the electoral campaign for the local runoff vote that Anatolie Tofan raped and killed a 12-year-old girl 23 years ago and was sentenced to a 10-year jail term. Tofan rejected the accusations at the beginning, but some documents and testimonies by relatives of the victims confirmed them lately.