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Election News from October 30, 2014

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The CEC published the list of voting precincts abroad

Overall, 95 voting precincts will be opened for the parliamentary elections of 30 November. The voting precincts will be organized on the premises of diplomatic and consular missions and in other places with the agreement of competent authorities of the countries in question. Moldovans in Italy will be able to vote in 25 precincts; 11 voting precincts will be opened in Romania; six — in the USA; five in Portugal, Russia and France each; four — in Spain; three in the UK and Canada each. Two voting precincts will be opened in Israel, Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Ukraine each; and other countries will have one voting precinct each: Belarus, Ireland, Austria, Bulgaria, Switzerland, China, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Belgium, Holland, Poland, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, and Qatar. //

The CEC organized the last draw for candidates for Parliament

The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) set the preliminary order in the ballot for those who submitted today, on 30 October 2014, the documents necessary to be registered as electoral contestants for the parliamentary elections of 30 November 2014. As a result of the draw, the CEC set their preliminary order in the ballot, as follows:
  1. Plesca Valeriu
  2. Doga Anatolie
  3. Centrist Union of Moldova
  4. Stamati Petru
  5. “Pentru Neam si Tara (For Nation and Country)” Party
The CEC also announced that the deadline for submission of documents for registration of electoral contestants for parliamentary elections has expired today, on 30 October. By now, 20 electoral contestants have been registered: 18 political parties, one electoral bloc and 1 independent candidate. The files of other 7 candidates are under examination. // CEC

Nicolae Alexei joins the “Patria (Homeland)” Party for the electoral campaign

General Nicolae Alexei, MP of the Republic of Moldova in 1990–1994 and 2001–2005 and director of the Department for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption in 1997–2001, has joined the team of Renato Usatii and will be included into the “Patria (Homeland)” Party list of candidates. At a press conference, the retired general mentioned that “the lawsuits brought against the officials that are currently in government are gathering dust.” “I hope that the time comes for these lawsuits to be solved,” Nicolae Alexei concluded. //

Nicolae Chirtoaca and Victor Selin convinced that opinion polls are not credible

Nicolae Chirtoaca, the chairman of the People’s Power Party, said during the “Politica” talk show on the TV7 channel that the opinion polls that are being made public are not credible. “Everything is sold and bought. Every percentage in the polls costs up to 10 thousand Euros. All the parties in the top are oligarchic parties. They have enough resources to buy any poll. Polls are being ordered not for the final result, but to mobilize the undecided voters. Objectiveness in opinion polls is out of the question,” Chirtoaca claims.

During the same talk show, Victor Selin, the leader of the “Alegerea Moldovei — Uniunea Vamala (Moldova’s Choice — the Customs Union)” Electoral Bloc, said that he doesn’t trust opinion polls, either. “We will pay more attention to the following opinion poll, when people find out more about our bloc. I somewhat agree with Mr. Chirtoaca, who says that opinion polls are bought and cannot be trusted. I believe that the CEC should prohibit opinion polls during the electoral campaign. They might provide wrong direction to undecided people,” Victor Selin mentioned. // TV7

The Court of Appeal annulled the CEC warning for the Antimafia People’s Movement

The Court of Appeal examined in a court hearing the appeal of the Antimafia People’s Movement (MPA), which asks for annulment of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) decision on warning the Antimafia People’s Movement for violation of Articles 46 (1) and 47 (1, 2) of the Electoral Code, thus prohibiting the MPA to participate in meetings with voters wherever the Democratic Party is at the time. The Court admitted the MPA appeal and found illegal the decision of the Central Electoral Commission, which had been based on an application of the Democratic Party.

The Liberal Party wants common customs checkpoints with the European Union

The Liberal Party (PL) proposes to merge the customs checkpoints between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union, i.e. Romania, so that citizens no longer have to stay in two lines when crossing the border, but only one. It was announced at a press conference by the PL leader Mihai Ghimpu, who mentioned that it would allow combating corruption in the customs, because Moldovan and Romanian customs officers would share the same premises. In this context, liberals are making an electoral promise, claiming that if they come to government, they will commit to reaching this goal. //

European socialists supporting the Democratic Party of Moldova in parliamentary elections

“We are representing a large family in the European Parliament. We have come to Chisinau to express our solidarity with the European course of Moldova and to offer our support to our trusted partner — the Democratic Party.” This declaration was made by Sergei Stanishev, leader of the Party of European Socialists (PES), at a press conference with Marian Lupu, leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM), and Kristian Vigenin, ex-minister of foreign affairs of Bulgaria. On the other hand, the democrats’ leader Marian Lupu declared that this visit is suggestive of good cooperation between the two political entities and an important visit in the context of Moldova’s integration with the European Union.

The Moldovan Academy of Sciences asks electoral contestants to include science into their electoral platforms

The Academy of Sciences of Moldova made a public appeal to electoral contestants, asking them to take into consideration, when developing their governing programs, the opinion of scientists on the role of science in solving the country’s problems. “Scientists are increasingly worried by the indifference of the political elite towards science and by the disregard towards its role in the development of contemporary society, which has been confirmed by the recent years’ trend of decreased allocation of funds for research.” Moreover, scientists say that the political parties’ programs for government, de facto, do not support science, because they do not provide for financial support and promotion of science. In this context, Academy members are asking the parties to include science, engineering and advanced technologies into their programs as key conditions for the revival of the national economy.

Valeriu Saharneanu: Vocea Basarabiei under oligarchic raider attack

Valeriu Saharneanu, candidate of the Liberal Reformatory Party (PLR), said at a press conference that the Vocea Basarabiei radio station is under oligarchic raider attack, and that Vlad Filat, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (PLDM), is one of the attackers. The liberal reformatory representative says that the station has been seized by Vlad Filat through PLDM member Veaceslav Tibuleac, who is also the executive director of the radio station. According to Saharneanu, the station’s editorial policy has become dependent on the political agenda of the PLDM and, with very few exceptions, the employees that are still working there are asked to execute political orders, and it is absolutely obvious. //