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Boycotting presidential elections
Igor Botan, September 12, 2016
2016 presidential elections are the first direct elections to be held in the last 20 years. Returning to direct presidential election procedure was done in a novel way, without changing the Constitution by Parliament or by constitutional referendum, but by Constitutional Court (CC) decision, which decided to cancel part of the constitutional amendments of 2000[]
European integration — the last refuge of scoundrels?
Igor Botan, July 1, 2015
Local elections in Moldova are traditionally perceived as politico-administrative elections. Voting for local and district councils is conducted based on the proportional electoral system with closed party lists. While at the level of villages and towns people can say they know the qualities of the candidates for local councils, at district level candidates can be known only by the residents of their localities[]
Barometer of Public Opinion about the socio-political situation before the local elections
Igor Botan, May 25, 2015
The results of the Barometer of Public Opinion (BPO) traditionally are of special interest before electoral campaigns. Due to the application of a standard methodology and maintenance of a constant set of questions over a long time, the BPO offers the possibility to evaluate trends in the citizens’ perception of socio-political realities[]
Governor of Gagauzia Elections in Figures
Igor Botan, March 18, 2015
At the end of the electoral campaign for the elections of the governor of Gagauzia, it would be useful to see the results of opinion polls in order to understand how candidates’ activities are perceived by voters and what factors have a maximum impact on the citizens’ votes[]
Geopolitical elections — the end justifies the means?
Igor Botan, December 8, 2014
During the entire 2014, oppositional political forces with pro-Eurasian visions pleaded for a referendum on the Moldovan integration project — whether it should be European or Eurasian. In this sense, pro-Eurasian political forces supported the referendum in Gagauzia. On the other hand, governing pro-European political forces constantly rejected ideas of organizing such a referendum[]
Results of the first round of elections in Gagauzia
Igor Botan, September 13, 2012
The first round of elections to the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia ended on September 9, 2012 with the election of 13 out of 35 deputies. Representatives of the three main political parties from the region were satisfied both with their results and with the way the campaign developed[]
2012 legislative elections in Gagauzia
Igor Botan, September 5, 2012
The failure of decision-making authorities in Gagauzia to agree on amendment of the local election legislation perpetuated in the 2012 campaign the shortcomings signalled during the previous four electoral campaigns. Like during previous elections, the current electoral campaign for the Gagauz legislature is a battle for the three interested players from the region — the head of the Comrat Executive, Governor Mihail Formuzal, Comrat Mayor Nicolai Dudoglo and the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM)[]
Who is afraid of early elections?
Igor Botan, September 6, 2011
Statements of the prime-minister that “the things go wrong” and that there is a threat of “mafiotization” of the Republic of Moldova revealed that the early parliamentary elections would not be a catastrophe to the Republic of Moldova, but a catastrophe to AIE[]
Sad end of the “success story”
Igor Botan, August 6, 2011
The end of the spring-summer parliamentary session was an occasion to summarize the work of the Alliance for European Integration (AIE)[]
Election of district heads — a new occasion to torpedo or revitalize AIE
Igor Botan, June 29, 2011
Disputes between AIE components exceeded the limits to be credible in eyes of electors. For the time being, following local elections, the definitive collapse or eventual recovery of AIE could be based on a political decision to build majorities in district councils[]
The Myth about the Story…
Igor Botan, March 15, 2011
Joe Biden explained the reason of his visit: “I will visit the Republic of Moldova, because this country is a democratic success story”[]
Confused Alliance
Igor Botan, February 28, 2011
AEI will have provisional status and will remain confused, ineffective and scandalous unless a solution will be identified for the presidential elections. So far, the three components of AEI have not even fumbled with a common approach to find a proper solution[]
Presidential election: hazard versus consistency
Igor Botan, January 13, 2011
Agreement on the establishment and operation of the Alliance for European Integration (AIE), signed on December 30, 2010 announced “the legalization of the activity of stable governance that shall be valid for the duration of a full four-year term” by the signatory parties: Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (PLDM), Democratic Party (PD) and the Liberal Party (PL)[]
Political year 2010
Igor Botan, December 31, 2010
The political instability caused by temporary governance has generally featured the year 2010. Efforts aimed to remedy reasons of the uncertainty did not produce the expected results but the organisation of the republican constitutional referendum, parliamentary and regional elections proved the functionality of democratic institutions even in conditions of political instability which generate anti-democratic actions, camouflaged through efforts to overcome the political crisis[]
Three “C” for restoring AEI
Igor Botan, December 17, 2010
After three weeks from the parliamentary elections it remains unclear what kind of coalition the Republic of Moldova will have and for how long. Election results and statements of political leaders make possible only two coalition options[]
The stake in elections and possible post-electoral scenarios
Igor Botan, November 21, 2010
The Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) wants to take revenge at any cost. PCRM leaders constantly repeat that on April 7, 2009 their electoral victory got two days earlier was stolen[]
BPO findings on the eve of parliamentary elections
Igor Botan, November 18, 2010
The findings of the Barometer of Public Opinion (BPO) bring a special interest compared with other surveys, as it maintains a constant bloc of questions and the survey develops in a standard methodological framework. The latest BPO was carried out during October 17 — November 7, 2010 on a sample of 1,104 respondents, which corresponds to an error margin of ±3%[]
For many are called, but few are chosen…
Igor Botan, October 10, 2010
Parties which will join the electoral race could be grouped in a very schematic and arbitrary manner into four categories: big parties; barrage parties; plankton parties; and lethargic parties[]
Political year 2009
Igor Botan, December 30, 2009
As a rule, tragic events reverberate with farces. In this light, developments experienced by Moldova had a reverse succession in 2009. The year began with a farce but ended with a tragic finding – former president Vladimir Voronin and adherents of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) he leads had their "hearts broken" at the end of the year[]
BOP at the end and beginning of governing…
Igor Botan, December 15, 2009
The phenomenon of change of governance that the Republic of Moldova underwent in 2009 influenced people’s perception regarding the social-political life in Moldova compared with the ruling period of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM)[]
Post-electoral flames
Igor Botan, August 31, 2009
The results of the July 29, 2009 early elections confirmed that the Moldovan electorate generally maintains its political preferences despite factors that give birth to social and political cleavages. In this regard, one may say that after the political crisis linked to the April 7 developments and blocked election of a chief of state the Moldovan electorate actually reiterated its electoral options from the April 5 elections[]
Presumption of guiltiness
Igor Botan, June 30, 2009
Incumbent President Vladimir Voronin dissolved the Parliament on June 15, 2009, decreeing early parliamentary elections for the 29th of July. The Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) led by Vladimir Voronin has publicly promised to hold an aggressive and bitter campaign against the opposition at the early elections[]
Whom do I vote?
Igor Botan, March 25, 2009
Periodical Barometers of Public Opinion (BPO) commissioned by the Institute for Public Policy (IPP) provide the possibility to monitor trends of social-economic and political life. As a rule, BPO in “electoral years” is conducted about a month before elections. The 7th “pre-electoral” BPO conducted a month before the April 5, 2009 parliamentary elections provides one of few opportunities to estimate the probability of achieving a “change” or maintaining “stability”[]
Common lists of candidates
Igor Botan, March 9, 2009
Amendments operated to the Election Code last year have incensed controversies. The Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) and the Christian Democratic People’s Party (PPCD), promoters of a higher electoral threshold up to 6 percent, besides prohibition of electoral blocs have motivated their option by necessity to avoid an excessive fragmentation of the future Parliament[]
Political year 2008
Igor Botan, December 26, 2008
The political year 2008 was special. In fact, it crowned the eight-year rule of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM). Many events recorded in 2008 will have a long-term impact, others have just impressed. In this regard ten events are worth to be mentioned[]
Stakes in the 2009 parliamentary elections
Igor Botan, October 31, 2008
The findings of the recent Barometer of Public Opinion (BPO) conducted under the auspices of the Institute for Public Policy (IPP) confirms stable perceptions of Moldovan citizens, as well as a number of new trends which are becoming more obvious. In order to meet necessities of estimating the state of things, the evolution of perceptions of respondents should be examined[]
Disunited opposition running the risk…
Igor Botan, August 31, 2008
The modification of the Electoral Code and the adoption of the new Law on political parties required indeed the rebuilding of the political scene. There is no other efficient solution against the exaggerated 6-percent electoral threshold and ban of pre-electoral alliances but to speed up the strengthening of political forces on certain doctrinaire or programmatic compatibility[]
Things go wrong…
Igor Botan, April 30, 2008
The Barometer of Public Opinion (BPO) released on April 23, 2008 confirmed the stability of trends outlined half a year ago. Recent findings fix perceptions of Moldovan citizens to a period marked by a series of important regional developments with an impact on internal situations, and internal events[]
Are regional parties really necessary?
Igor Botan, March 6, 2008
The March 16-scheduled elections for the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia (PAG) have revealed the problem of regional parties. This problem is pretty old, but the forthcoming elections for the People’s Assembly raised debates between local and international experts[]
Party institutionalisation and elections
Igor Botan, February 15, 2008
The Moldovan democracy is imitative like other East European democracies. This term is sanctioned and it indicates that the borrowed forms filled with domestic consistence are adequately manifested very seldom[]
Political year 2007
Igor Botan, December 27, 2007
The key events of the political year 2007 were linked to general local elections, renunciation of the “political partnership for the European integration”; antagonising of relations between the central government and the local public administration; ideological revisionism of the ruling party and regrouping of opposition forces; increasing danger of “permanent aggression” against the Republic of Moldova[]
Presidential elections
Igor Botan, April 7, 2005
If he honors his promises, then “constructive” opposition wins enabling it to grab Moldova Noastra’s electorate (roughly estimated at 20%). Conversely, if Voronin doesn’t honor his promises a part of “constructive” opposition would slip into a mere “collaborationist opposition”, while the other would tacitly and humiliated join the “obstructionist” camp, with all the arising consequences[]
Chance of democratisation of the Republic of Moldova
Igor Botan, March 23, 2005
Existing situation offers an extraordinary chance both to the opposition and to the ruling party to avoid a deadlock that might have unfavourable consequences for Moldova. Even more, a solution could be found enabling the settlement of a string of strategic problems Moldova is facing by accepting the so-called “national consensus”[]
Fifth Congress of the Party of Communists
Igor Botan, December 12, 2004
The main reason for convening the fifth congress of the Party of Communist was to reshuffle governing body[]
To friends — everything, to enemies — the law
Igor Botan, October 17, 2004
Relations between main political players have morphed into a full-fledged information war. With the elections coming, this information war is set to escalate[]
Pre-election configuration
Igor Botan, May 30, 2004
The configuration of the main electoral contestants in the upcoming elections has become quite clear in May. The main parties represented in Parliament, namely Communist Party and Christian-Democratic People’s Party already held plenary assembly (the former) and the congress (the second)[]
Moldova gives up on ghosts?
Igor Botan, April 29, 2004
In his speech delivered eight months ago at the 12 anniversary of the Republic of Moldova’s independence, President Vladimir Voronin said “today Moldova gives up on its illusions and old fears”[]
Competition of ideas for the public good
Igor Botan, April 11, 2004
Political life has been dominated lately by a competition of ideas among the leaders of the major political forces. So far, it’s too early to say for sure whether the ideas voiced really clarify on political offers, or on the contrary complicate things even further[]
Fire on headquarters!
Igor Botan, March 28, 2004
Although oppositions’ efforts in establishing a single electoral coalition do not inspire much confidence, this did not stop ruling party from engaging in a large-scale campaign aimed at denigrating and breaking it apart[]
What’s happening with Social Democratic Party of Moldova?
Gheorghii Sergheev, March 10, 2004
With almost one year left until the 2005 parliamentary elections, there is an abundance of initiatives calling on uniting opposition forces in a single, or two or three electoral blocs[]
The power of reason
Igor Botan, February 8, 2004
Politics in Moldova goes hand in hand with scandals related to the exercise of the citizens’ fundamental rights. January 25’ authorities decline of Christian-Democrats application to authorise a protest rally that was submitted back on December 3, 2003 — has produced yet another scandal[]
Ratio of forces: power — opposition
Igor Botan, January 25, 2004
Although there is still one year left until the next parliamentary elections the major political parties have already engaged in talks on possible alliances as well as testing what messages would the electorate go for[]
Ideological eclecticism generator of confusion
November 20, 2003
A string of recent events are illustrative of Moldovan authorities’ political and ideological eclecticism that is generative quite a number of confusions[]
Ideological inconsistency
August 19, 2003
During the vacation period Tiraspol was mainly the one to wage the informal war with Chisinau. Tiraspol continues to employ the same methods, however with some minor innovations. One of the old methods employed are the appeals for support to various representatives of Russian elite[]
Changes on the Political Scene
Igor Botan, August 17, 2003
On 19 July 2003, the Founding Congress of a new political party — the Alliance Moldova Noastra (Our Moldova) (AMN) took place[]
Political parties between the EU and the CIS
Stefan Gorda, July 14, 2003
A defining element for understanding the position of parties on the issue of European integration is the way they conceive the geopolitical orientation of our state[]
Political Parties and European Integration
Stefan Gorda, July 7, 2003
In the Republic of Moldova, the European option has first gained shape in the administrative structures rather than inside the political parties[]
Political style
Igor Botan, June 1, 2003
The behaviour of the Moldovan authorities during the recent local elections has created a good occasion to talk about the emergence of a distinct political style of the representatives of our ruling party[]
Two Years in Government — Political Achievements
Igor Botan, April 16, 2003
This April it has been two years since the Chairman of the Communist Party of Moldova (CPM) Vladimir Voronin was elected President of the Republic of Moldova and the Tarlev Cabinet was approved[]
Regrouping of political forces
February 25, 2003
Last week was marked by the regrouping of political forces. A group of left wing parties, including the Communist Party as well, invited President Voronin to join the efforts in finding solutions for the “political consensus and civic peace in the society”[]
Is opposition consolidating?!
January 28, 2003
After 2001 parliamentary elections, which brought the Communist Party to power, it became clear that the opposition would have a major role to play in the Moldovan politics only if it consolidates[]
Is there a Social Democratic Prospect for the Republic of Moldova?
Igor Botan, December 2, 2002
On November 30 the Democratic Party organized with the support of the French Foundation Jean Jaures the conference entitled “A Comparative Analysis of Electoral Trends in Europe and in the Republic of Moldova”[]
Theoretical benchmarks of the Moldovan communists
October 28, 2002
At the V Plenary of the Communist Party of the Republic of Moldova hosted in May, an idea was voiced to amend the governing program approved exactly a year ago, within several months of the Communist’ victory in early parliamentary elections of February 2001[]
Amending the Law on Political Parties
October 21, 2002
One of the most controversial issues related to political parties has been the minimal number of members required for the party registration[]
The Priorities of the Moldovan Political Forces
September 16, 2002
This week deputies resume their work in Parliament Commissions. The leaders of Parliament factions have already voiced their priorities for the upcoming session[]
The impact of the Permanent Roundtable
September 9, 2002
Despite the too many skeptical opinions about the viability of the Permanent Round Table (PRT) it seems that its last session with the participation of the political parties of the Republic of Moldova had a wide-scale impact[]
Fall political seazon
September 2, 2002
On September 1 the fall political season began. Given upcoming local elections to be held next May, the major concern of political parties right now is getting ready for elections[]
Cooperation between NGOs and political parties
July 8, 2002
On June 22 the Agency for Legal Initiatives hosted an international seminar entitled “Making Civil Society Concerns Heard: Prospects and Problems of NGOs’ Cooperation with Political Parties” in Kiev[]
Modernization of the Governing Party
June 20, 2002
All the major events in the socio-political life of the Republic of Moldova are directly related to the policy pursued by the Communist Party (CP), which holds the constitutional majority in the Parliament[]
Getting ready for May 2003 local elections
June 14, 2002
A whole set of events this month point to the fact that the major political parties of country are getting ready for local elections due in May 2003. Rather, they resumed pre-electoral activities, interrupted by the ruling of the Constitutional Court outlawing early local elections set for April 7, 2002[]
Referendum on the modification of the electoral system
April 29, 2002
Political confrontation of the last three months between the Communist governing and Christian-Democrat opposition reached the stage when the Resolutions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe could be enforced[]