ELECTION DAY. THE FIRST ROUND OF ELECTIONS. THE SECOND ROUND OF ELECTIONS
a. The day of the Moldovan presidential election. The first round of the election. 30 October 2016 The opening/closing of polling stations. A total of 2,021 Promo-LEX observers monitored the opening of polling stations. According to their reports, Promo-LEX EOM determined the following: •
The opening of PSs: 1,920 PSs opened correctly (95%), and 101 PSs (5%) opened with a small delay.
Accessibility for people with mobility impairments: 1,293 (64%) PSs were reported as being accessible, whereas 728 (36%) were non-accessible;
The provision with appropriate tools for people with visual impairments: 1,354 (67%) PSs had the correct tools, whereas 667 (33%) did not.
Regarding the closing of PSs: 1,936 PSs closed correctly, i.e. at 9:00 p.m., and 68 PSs closed with a small delay after 9 p.m. The extension of the work schedule was requested in a single case, at PS No 335 in London, United Kingdom. Incidents on Election Day. The most frequent type of incident was the presence of advertising materials, electoral billboards and posters in the vicinity of the polling station (within 100 meters of the PS). Promo-LEX EOM’s opinion is that this type of incident is worth discussing from the perspective of the degree of EOPS members’ responsibility, especially when there were billboards with electoral advertising within 100 meters of the PS, as well as in the context of the recommendation by the Mission that the public authorities examine the possibility of prohibiting all paid outdoor electoral advertising. The efficient functioning of “Elections” SAIS remains an essential prerequisite for the proper conduct and integrity of the electoral process in RM. As long as this system faces technical problems, there will be suspicions about quality of the elections. Compared to previous elections in 2014 and 2015, we see an improvement in the system, but its viability is still questioned, as shown by the 28 cases of problems in its functioning. Another fundamental aspect of the legitimacy of electoral procedures is the quality of the voter lists. This is a problem that has persisted from one election to another. Unfortunately, the quality of the voter lists and the SRV have continued to be called into questing during this presidential election because of the serious problems reported – at least 23 on the day of the election. Some other issues reported on the day of the election include: the unjustified presence of unauthorized persons inside or within 50 m of a polling station (mayor, policeman, driver of EOPS president, unidentified persons); restricted access or obstructions to the free observation process at the polling station; acts of violence or intimidation towards voters or other people; campaigning or negative PR within the perimeter of and/or near the PS, the photographing of ballots, etc.
Published on Feb 15, 2017