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

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2016, the president of EOPS No 5 in Rezina, Tatiana Batista, campaigned in support of Marian Lupu (PDM) in Cogalniceni village (Rezina district). On 3 and 4 November 2016, a member of EOPS No 5 in Cimislia town, Svetlana Bulat, campaigned for Igor Dodon (PPPSRM) while handing out invitations to vote. The president of EOPS No 10 from Boghiceni village (Hincesti district) campaigned indirectly inside the EOPS by exhibiting flyers picturing the election candidate Maia Sandu in the office. On 8 November 2016 in Cotul Morii village (Hincesti district), the secretary of the Local Council, who is also the chairperson of EOPS No 29, became involved in indirect campaigning by displaying flyers picturing the candidate Maia Sandu in her office in the city hall.

II.4.  Appeals and Notifications Complaints. During both rounds of the election (1 October – 11 November 2016) the election candidates filed 40 complaints with the CEC. One complaint was filed by the MP Vladimir Voronin; one complaint was filed by a voter; and there was one collective petition. Another 9 complaints were filed after the day of the second election round. The CEC rejected some of the complaints for being groundless. It returned some of them it did not have jurisdiction to investigate them, and some of them were passed to the relevant authority. The well-founded ones were examined by the CEC and it expressed an opinion on the issues mentioned. Most of the complaints were about: the placement of electoral posters in unauthorised places; the free exercise of the right to vote; the dissemination of denigrating material by some election candidates; the public appearance of some election candidates with foreign public figures, as well as with representatives of religious groups; the use of undeclared funds and materials during the election campaign; the lack of transparency in financial reporting by the election candidates, etc. One of the most relevant complaints is the appeal filed by election candidate Silvia Radu, who argued that legislation was violated in the organization of a public event. She asked the central electoral body to start the procedure of notifying the Chisinau Court of Appeals to investigate the cancellation of CEC Decision No 303 on 26 September 2016 regarding the registration of Inna Popenco as candidate in the Moldovan presidential election. Consequently, on 20 October 2016, the CEC filed the this complaint with the Chisinau Court of Appeals. On 21 October 2016, the Chisinau Court of Appeals accepted the complaint filed by the CEC and put the request canceling the registration of candidate Inna Popenco into effect. On 22 October 2016, the Supreme Court of Justice upheld the judgement of the lower court. The CEC enforced the judgement of the Supreme Court on that date. In addition, as a result of the complaints filed by representatives of candidates Marian Lupu, Igor Dodon, and Maia Laguta, the Commission issued two warnings to the candidate Maia Sandu for partial failure to comply with the rules on completing financial reports and for the violation of Article 47(21) of the Electoral Code. We would like to mention that, compared to the parliamentary election on 30 November 2014, during the presidential election of 30 October (13 November) 2016 both the election candidates and the voters were more passive, filing only 52 complaints with the CEC, as opposed to 78 complaints filed during the parliamentary election.

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.

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