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FINAL REPORT

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

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Chart 21.  The dynamics of the voting process abroad 138720

73311 73293

66933

666

349

2014 parliamentary election

138449

67205

2016 presidential election, (first round)

No of voters on the main lists of voters

313

2016 presidential election, (second round)

No of voters on the additional lists of voters

No of voters who voted

Problems in the operation of “Elections” SAIS and the quality of voter lists proved their repetitive nature during the second round of the 2016 presidential election. One distinctive aspect of the election on 13 November 2016 was the large number of problems related to supplying power, in 46 PSs. We emphazise that this type of problem did not cause the suspension of EOPS activity, thanks to efforts made by members of the polling stations in collaboration with LPA (use of candles, power generators, etc.). Despite the fact that the large number of blackouts was provoked by unfavorable weather conditions, the responsible institutions were not able to prevent or respond promptly to them. The problems with power and heat supply proved that public authorities faced difficulties in ensuring the necessary conditions for EOPS activity. In this context, a subject of discussion could be the proposal to organize elections in the second half of May because of the following considerations: natural visibility is ensured during the entire voting process (7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.); the outside temperature does not require heating systems; and the citizens with the right to vote are not on leave or on vacation. The sealing of the ballot boxes with violations of legal provisions was a problem reported by STOs during both rounds of the election. The Mission believes it necessary to replace the current seals with better ones because they break easily. In this way, these violations can be avoided. Certain types of violations by reported Promo-LEX EOM observers during the second round of the presidential election were distributed by candidate and are presented as follows: Table 15.  The most frequent incidents during the second round of election depending on the election candidates that provoked them Number of cases for each candidate involved No

Type of incident

Igor Dodon (PPPSRM)

Maia Sandu (PPPAS)

Unidentified

1.

The organized transportation of voters

8 PS, at least 47 transport unit

0

31 PS, at least 113 transport units

2.

Campaigning or negative PR within the perimeter of a PS

15

4

1

3.

The presence of electoral posters within 100 meters of the PS

7

5

3

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

Published on 26 January 2017.

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