According to Moldova’s electoral code, DECs should have a maximum of nine members for the upcoming elections (two members nominated by the judiciary, two by the local administrative authorities and one member nominated by each party represented in parliament (5)). However, LTOs have noted several DECs with too many members throughout the country. IRI requests an explanation of this discrepancy.
Registration for candidates closed on January 24 and the official campaign period began on January 25. As of January 26, nine entities have been registered—eight political parties and one electoral bloc. One party, whose application was previously rejected, has since been able to register. Currently, six parties are under review and awaiting a decision on their registration.
On January 19, the CECentral Electoral Commission approved a plan to establish 125 polling stations outside of Moldova and 47 polling stations in the Transnistria region. IRI believes the procedure of establishing the polling stations outside Moldova lacked transparency and did not respect the provisions and criteria for establishing polling stations outside of Moldova as outlined by the Electoral Code.
Parties, blocs and independent candidates filed a total of nineteen complaints with the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) primarily focused on campaign finance declarations, early campaigning, campaign advertising, and disagreements over the District Electoral Commissions (DEC) decisions to register certain candidates or deny registration to others. All complaints were reviewed and decided in a timely fashion.