Moldova’s new draft Electoral Code diminishes democratic standards

Crina Dumitriu
21/07/2020

As the socialists (PSRM) are rushing through the parliament the new draft Electoral Code without proper debate and deliberations, the Head of EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee, Siegfried Muresan MEP, together with the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly Andrius Kubilius MEP and Euronest Vice-Chair Andrzej Halicki MEP made the following statement:

“We remain deeply concerned about the new draft Electoral Code being rushed through the parliament without giving due diligence to avoid undermining democratic electoral processes. Many of the proposed amendments neither are improving the voting conditions nor solve many of the problems encountered in 2016.

The most worrying amendments relate to limiting the voting rights of the Moldovan citizens, giving the electoral authorities the right to exclude contestants from the electoral race or extending the powers of the Audiovisual Council to sanction media.

The draft law also does not contain any provision to sanction vote-buying or organized transport of voters that would favour a certain candidate. The people of the Republic of Moldova need an Electoral Code that meets democratic standards and the commitments made to international partners, including the European Union.

The Parliament of the Republic of Moldova must allow for proper public debate and deliberation before adopting the final version of the Electoral Code. It is imperative that any final law is in line with international standards, the Association Agreement and follows the Venice Commission recommendations.”

Crina Dumitriu
21/07/2020

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