Chisinau Mayor Serafim Urechean plays the role of Yanukovich in Moldova. Moscow has created an opposition here in order to overturn the regime of General Voronin. If Moscow dislikes the results of scrutiny, it will imitate protests of population with the help of gentlemen from Transnistria.
I am a veteran of all protest meetings and demonstrations in our country, I am always ready to protest against Communists, but I do not know now if I want to take part in the Moscow-held protests.
Our meetings had always been peaceful, but we hold information now that armed people are coming, the tension is on the rise, provocations could take place, and I do not want to be cannon fodder, to exhaust ourselves for fight against Voronin, and to let a third one win.”
Muravschi described the statements of Premier Tarlev, who said that the Transnistrian authorities had allocated 40 million dollars for support of opposition, as well as the reports of mass media affiliated to the ruling party that crime leaders had assisted the “congress of Moldovans” in Moscow, as malevolent libels.
Leaders of the Balti-based PSDM organisation, addressed the people who gathered in the central square. Also, they said that Balti, like the entire Moldova, needs a change and the PSDM brings it.
Eduard Musuc, leader of the electoral campaign of PSDM, addressed the Balti residents like fellow citizens, telling them that he began real life from a school bench in Balti and he cannot be careless over disaster faced by this city. Mr.Musuc invited the Balti residents to attend the March 6 elections and to make a good, wise choice of future.
The participants in action received all the speeches with enthusiasm and encouraged them by shouting the electoral messages of PSDM: “Change!”, “ Spring Is Coming!”
“The campaign for parliamentary elections is almost over. Citizens who will have the possibility to vote on March 6, 2005, as well as conclusions of observers will clarify its results and the entire situation.
The two-month campaign expressed the essence of the Communist government. The electoral campaign took place the way the country was ruled in all these four years.
The campaign itself is a violation of fundamental human rights. The BMD deputy chairman, Mr. Dumitru Braghis, used the gathered evidence and appealed the Constitutional Court in his quality of lawmaker, seeking the examination of violations committed by acting government and appreciation of legality of elections. In spite of these conditions, the opposition has worked hard to meet with electors. BMD had the most active campaign, it was the strongest opposition of Communists.
I had invited more than once Voronin on different ways to participate in live debates. However, he fled from an open confrontation. He preferred irresponsible accusations, blackmail with use of police bodies. I sued him but he hid behind presidential immunity. Let the people judge him on March 6. I am sure that the moral sentence will fit his actions.
A free, massive and courageous vote will be the best punishment for the leaving anti-democratic governance. It is clear that the country will have a new government after campaign. The most important for us is that this change happen under democratic and peaceful conditions.
I am sure that the vote of electors and juridical appreciation of elections at national and international levels will award victory to democracy.”
Asked to comment on this report, Mr.Mihai Petrache, UCM chairman, said: «If this is not an electoral trick, I salute the strategic decision of president and I think that this is the only way for PCRM to step forward last pre-election hours under equal conditions with other electoral competitors. The electoral campaign of the ruling party was privileged, protected by state until now, and this fact discredits the message of the Chisinau political power to the international community regarding the correctness and transparency of the 2005 elections in Moldova. Both the promises of the Chisinau administration, and the pre-electoral call of President Voronin regarding the conduct of electoral competition on principles of transparency, fairness and political propriety became a fiction, an electoral lie.
Elsewhere, the imminent quit of the PCRM chairmanship by Vladimir Voronin updates the idea that the chief of state must be a parent of nation, a president of everybody, not of one political party, who can turn into a political dictator. UCM believes that this would become a proof of maturity of behaviour and decision of political elite in Moldova.»”
The developers regard as positive evolutions of this period: the awarding of right to vote on basis of expired identity documents, completion of antenna time for electoral debates, insurance of minimum conditions for participation of Moldovan citizens from the left bank of the Dniester river in elections, reconsideration of the ballot counting procedure.
Also, the report indicates some shortcomings of the electoral process. In spite of previous recommendations, students, including those who did not obtain eligible certificates, and Moldovan nationals who are abroad were excluded from basic electoral lists in a number of settlements; these categories of voters were not informed enough over how they can participate in elections, while electoral lists were not posted in all the settlements with at least ten days before election day, and no actions were taken to open additional polling stations abroad, at least in states which host a high number of Moldovans. These shortcomings can cause a low participation of these categories of voters in the March 6 scrutiny, the report developers fear.
Even more, no electoral competitor has declared so far the financial means spent for electoral campaign, and no measures needed for publication of the Central Election Commission’s decisions in Monitorul Oficial [official gazette] were taken, reads the report.
Compared with the previous monitoring periods, this report highlights deeper tensions between electoral competitors and reflects the appearance of new shortcomings in electoral process, including: intimidation of voters, corruption of electors, and participation of clergy representatives in electoral campaign.
The report also indicated shortcomings similar to the former ones. They include among others the public stigmatizing of an electoral competitor, intimidation of voters, groundless participation of police in electoral campaign, use of public resources for electoral purpose, distribution of humanitarian assistance for electoral purpose, and lack of special places for electoral advertisement.