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Election News from March 6, 2005

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Leaders voted for…

“Leaders of the Communist Party of Moldova (PCRM), the Christian Democratic People’s Party (PPCD), and the electoral bloc Democratic Moldova (BMD) came on Sunday to polling stations along with their wives and said that they voted «for the future of country and children.»

Voronin did not address journalists, saying that he voted «for Moldovan people».

PPCD chairman Iurie Rosca said that he voted for the future of country and stability. He noted that the PPCD will contest the results of scrutiny in street only in case of massive falsification of elections.

BMD chairman Serafim Urechean addressed journalists for more than half an hour. He said that he voted for the future of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Urechean underlined that he hopes to obtain at least 50 percent of votes and he is optimistic that elections will be fair. «However, people hold the right to protest in the street and to defend their choice in case of violations,» he highlighted.

The chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Moldova (PSDM), Ion Musuc, said that he voted for «a socially just, democratic state based on the rule of law, for a honest political class.» Musuc noted that he is not sure over fairness of these elections, but stressed that he expects positive changes in Moldova from this scrutiny.” (Based on a news by Basa-Press).

There were many observers

About 2,200 local observers and almost 700 international observers monitored the voting process at the 1,947 polling stations.

Electronic pencil

The Central Election Commission (CEC) has accepted the testing of a pilot project called Electronic Pencil at the polling station # 1/68 in the M. V. Gogol lycee in the 90 Sciusev street in Chisinau The Electronic Pencil identifies for what party the elector voted and immediately sends the data to computers for processing. The Information Technologies Department, which will organise the Electronic Pencil, implemented the project as a survey among electors.

Vote abroad

The news agency Moldpres has reported that “the Moscow authorities use special channels to inform the Moldovan nationals who work in the Russian capital that they will receive no staying permits if they do not attend elections.”

Two groups of persons in yellow clothes with the sign Patria-Moldova “were advertising certain electoral competitors” near the embassy.

The Romanian Transportation Ministry allowed the Moldovan students to travel for free to Bucharest in order to cast their ballots there.

Vote of students

About 20–30 members of the Moldovan Federation of Organisations of Students and Youths (FOSTM) demonstrated on March 6, on election day, near the Central Election Commission (CEC) headquarter, expressing their dissatisfaction with the solution to the problem how students must cast their ballots. They said that only 900 out of tens of thousands of students could obtain the eligible certificates needed to attend elections in Chisinau.

Shortcomings

More than 2,200 observers of Coalition-2005 monitored the conduct of elections at polling stations. Following are the worst shortcomings registered at some polling stations:

“Voted” stamp in ID

Elector Dorina says: “I would like to signal a limitation of the right to vote registered at the polling station # 86 in the Buiucani district of Chisinau. I attended elections like all the people responsible of future of our country. I presented my valid identity card to commission, after my name was found in the electoral lists. What a surprise!!! I cannot vote!!! Why? I had no annex to my ID and a CEC decision says that a sample confirming my participation in elections must be applied on this annex in line with a new CEC instruction… The annex does not comprise such a column, has no function to record how many times I voted, nor enough space for this purpose. I was denied to vote! I was told that it’s my problem that I have no annex to ID and I am free to appeal to the CEC. I wonder: how holders of invalid Soviet passports can vote, while I cannot cast my ballot without annex, though I hold a valid ID, I am part of electoral lists? I want to highlight among others that the annex does not indicate the validity of ID. By contrary, the annex is not valid without ID, not vice versa — the ID is valid if the annex was lost, as it contains supplementary data on civic status, children and residence. I repeat, the annex comprises no column for vote. I had to go back home to take my passport (I was lucky that it was not submitted to embassy for visa-related issues). I presented my ID and passport to commission and it applied the a «Voted» sample in page 6 for visas. Therefore, people who hold no passports but valid IDs without annex and INCLUDED IN ELECTORAL LISTS in line with their residence CANNOT VOTE! I want to warn that many people are in the same situation… It happens that we lose the annexes or forget their whereabouts… The Election Code stipulates no «Voted» sample in IDs, and television did not release such an information. I fear that this is a limitation of the right of vote guaranteed by Constitution and international conventions ratified by Moldova.”