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OSCE observers note parliamentary elections competitive in Moldova

21:07 | 25.02.2019 Category: Political

Chisinau, 25 February /MOLDPRES/ – The  parliamentary elections 24 February in Moldova were competitive and there were generally respected the fundamental rights. These are some preliminary conclusions made by the OSCE election observation mission.

According to the OSCE observers, the legal framework generally provides an appropriate basis for democratic elections, and most of the technical aspects of the election have been professionally managed at all levels.

Also, the observers assessed the voting positively, but electoral institutions faced difficulties in processing the voting results "because of the introduction of the new electoral system and simultaneous conduct of referendum."

"The election day was held without major incidents. The Transnistrian region voters were widely seen to be bussed and the police initiated measures to investigate whether some of them were paid to vote. The counting process has been evaluated less positively, as the procedures have not always been followed," said the OSCE Mission report.

The observers have also emphasised that the introduction of the mixed electoral vote, combined with the holding of a referendum on the same day, has caused confusion among the voters and committee members.

The parliamentary elections of 24 February were monitored by over 4,000 national and international observers accredited by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC).


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