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IV.6.  Other Activities The boycotting of elections. On 3 September 2016, the PCRM announced its intention to boycott the presidential election on 30 October 2016 and urged voters to support this initiative16. In Comrat town, Alexeevca village (Edinet district), Chisinau, and Glodeni town, PCRM volunteers distributed PCRM newspapers and folded leaflets urging the voters to boycott the 2016 presidential election. On 13 October 2016, in front of the Government building of the Republic of Moldova, the PCRM protested demanding that the Government of the Republic of Moldova resign. Even though the PCRM boycotted the election, the party sent representatives to established ECCs and, in one case, a representative with consultative voting rights to ECC Criuleni. Therefore, we concluded that the PCRM intended to participate in electoral procedures, through the available legal mechanisms, as long as the party was not involved in the nomination and registration of election candidates. These two intentions are not mutually exclusive. At the same time, we found no legal provisions that would explicitly regulate the behaviour of political parties that promote the idea of citizens boycotting the election during the election period.

Another political party that encouraged to boycotting the presidential election was PPMSPR because its candidate, Inna Popenco, was excluded from the electoral race. From 24 October 2016, messages advocating boycotting the election were posted on one of the social network pages17. The use of the church by candidates during the election campaign. Church representatives repeatedly expressed their political preferences and even encouraged people to vote for particular candidates. His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir, the Bishop Marchel of Balti and Floresti and other church members openly supported Igor Dodon, a candidate for the position of President of the Republic of Moldova, and, at the same time, made serious and denigrating accusations against candidate Maia Sandu. In addition to verbal statements, candidate Igor Dodon appeared in public in the company of church representatives of the highest rank on church premises. 16 http://www.pcrm.md/main/index_md.php?action=news&id=10323 17 https://www.facebook.com/inna.popenco/?fref=ts

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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