“Moldova’s February 24 parliamentary elections are a step forward in terms of electoral administration and public trust in the electoral process,” said former Congressman and IRI Board Member Jim Kolbe, in releasing IRI’s preliminary report.
Three weeks out, polling shows that the election will likely result in a change from the status quo, but the details are still unknown. What we do know is that the election will answer three important questions for Moldova.
Candidates are not taking full advantage of scheduled regional debates. IRI LTOs have witnessed debates country-wide and noted throughout that invited participants are often foregoing the opportunity to address voters and discuss important policy issues. The absence of lively political debate restricts the voter’s ability to make a comparison between candidates and analyze important policies that affect people’s daily lives.
Observers continued to follow developments in several official complaints and court cases related to election administration, such as cases of invalidated signatures. LTOs have analyzed and collected informative notes from various District Election Commissions (DEC) and will continue to review cases. To date, 32 complaints have been filed at the CEC, and nine of those were focused on the denial of certain candidates’ registration.
Precinct Electoral Commissions (PEC) have been created and are receiving training from the Central Election Commission’s (CEC) Center for Continuous Electoral Training. Observers have attended trainings in most single member districts and confirmed the trainings are well attended and taking place according to stated guidelines.
LTOs have observed a continuous increase in campaigning by candidates and parties throughout the country. Candidates and parties are using billboards, posters and leaflets in addition to person-to-person contact, including door-to-door campaigning and small meetings. Campaign events have also included concerts and distribution of party branded materials. Some interlocutors have raised concerns that some items exceed the 100 MDL limit allowed by law.
A deep-dive look into campaigns’ advertising spending based on officially submitted financial reports.
Under Moldovan law, men and women have equal rights as voters and candidates; however, women’s representation in politics remains incredibly low.
Chisinau, Moldova—The International Republican Institute (IRI) today announced the members of its election observation mission to Moldova for the February 24, 2019 parliamentary election, and the launch of the Moldova Election Snapshot election portal.
Click here for a full description of IRI’s short-term delegation and the press release.