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Observation Mission for the Presidential Election in the Republic of Moldova on 30 October 2016



Moreover, based on the presidential election of 2016, Promo-LEX EOM found, after the signature sheets had been verified by the CEC, more than 8 thousand cases of mismatches between the domicile of the people who signed and the communities where the signatures were collected. However, the local authorities that had checked the lists had no objections and either ignored the mistakes intentionally or due to inattentiveness. This fact shows the inefficiency and irrelevance of this local responsibility, at least for national elections. Signatures in support of several candidates. When the signature sheets were submitted and checked, the CEC found that repeated signatures by one person in support of several candidates running for president.

Article 42(5) of the Electoral Code states that: “Each voter may sign a signature sheet in support of only one candidate during an election”. To elaborate on this provision, the CEC adopted the Regulation on the Signature Sheet Completion, Authentication, Presentation and Verification, which states in Item 8 that: “If the voter supported several candidates, only the signature applied first according to the date on the signature sheet is considered valid, […]”. By established the date of the signature as the criterion for identifying the first signature applied, in practice the CEC could confront a situation in which it receives, checks and subsequently registers an election candidate for whom some supporters had signed after signing for other candidates. In such cases, the date when the files were submitted to the CEC for verification and the election candidate registered prevails over the date indicated on the signature sheets. The length of the election campaign. National legislation creates unfair conditions for the candidates for the position of President of the Republic of Moldova who submit their signature sheets

Final Report: Observation Mission for the Presidential Election on 30 October 2016  
Final Report: Observation Mission for the Presidential Election on 30 October 2016  

Published on 26 January 2017.