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Pre-election silence in Gagauz-Yeri Autonomy before polls' runoff, due on 14 May

10:19 | 13.05.2023 Category: Regional

Chisinau, 13 May /MOLDPRES/. The pre-election silence is today in the Gagauz autonomy, before the runoff of the elections of the governor (bashkan), due on 14 May. Under the Electoral Code, the electoral agitation is strictly banned on the day before the polls and on the day of elections.  

The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) warns that, on these two days, the holding/covering of activities/materials with electoral character is not allowed and neither the coming of the electoral contenders to TV or radio programmes.

Also, the electoral contenders cannot make transfers to and from the account titled, Electoral Fund.

The continuation of the electoral agitation by mass media, electoral contenders and citizens represents administrative contravention and is sanctioned with fine worth from 750 to 1,500 lei (75 euros), imposed to private people or with fine worth from 750 to 2,500 lei, imposed to a person holding a decision-making office or the electoral contender.  

According to the region’s electoral authority, over 90,000 citizens with right to vote are registered in the Gagauz autonomy. For its part, CEC accredited more international observers for monitoring the elections of the governor of the Autonomous Territorial Unit (UTA) of Gagauzia, due on 14 May.    

Evghenia Guţul and Grigori Uzun are in the race for the office of bashkan. The latter is the supreme official figure of the UTA Gagauz-Yeri. All public administration authorities of the autonomy are subordinated to him/her. The elections of the bashkan are held once in four years.    



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