International observers’ findings about parliamentary elections
The observers of the Council of Europe and the OSCE Mission found that the parliamentary elections that took place on 30 November in Moldova were managed professionally and showed some progress when compared with the previous elections, those of 2010.
The observers of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States also said that the elections were free and conducted according to international standards, although the exclusion of an electoral contestant in the last minute disoriented voters and is worrying. At the same time, observers indicated a number of problems, such as temporary failure of the electronic system of registration of voters, lack of transparency in the criteria used to determine the number of polling places abroad and lack of balance between the number of polling places opened in the West and in the East. // IPN
National observers speaking about parliamentary elections
At a press conference, the representatives of the Civic Coalition for Free and Fair Elections said that the voting on 30 November was free and partially fair. According to the Coalition, these elections can be considered free because the electoral campaign was not marked by violence, there were no attempts to intimidate and hinder candidates from presenting their political programs, the right of all citizens to vote was secured, and there was clear separation between party and State, which did not allow contestants to use public resources in the electoral campaign. In contrast with previous elections, there was some improvement in the regulatory framework adopted by the Central Electoral Commission, and a greater number of polling places for Moldovan citizens were opened in the Transnistrian region and abroad. At the same time, the Coalition regrets that there were attempts to intimidate some voters. Also, some media outlets covered the electoral campaign in a partisan manner, and in this sense non-governmental organizations regret the anemic behavior of the Broadcasting Coordinating Council (BCC). // IPN
The leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party (PLDM), the Democratic Party (PDM) and the Liberal Party (PL) announced at some press briefings that they are ready to form a new post-electoral coalition in the context of results of the parliamentary elections of 30 November. The chairmen of the three parties — Vlad Filat, Marian Lupu and Mihai Ghimpu, — commented on the elections’ results and thanked citizens for the vote that they gave to pro-European parties.
Igor Dodon, chairman of the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM), repeated that his party will not make partnerships with pro-European parties. The PSRM leader said at a press conference that he is ready to form a coalition with the Party of Communists and the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) if it supports the denunciation of the Association Agreement with the European Union.