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Both the pro-EU and the pro-Moscow forces spoke out against the organization of the voting, which saw the lowest turnout in a decade.25 February 2019
Moldovan political parties are bracing themselves for possible alliances with their rivals after an inconclusive result in parliamentary elections held yesterday throughout Moldova.
Data from the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) shows that, after the counting of 99.35 percent of the votes, the pro-Russian Socialists (PSRM) were in the lead with 31.22 percent, followed by the pro-EU coalition ACUM DA si PAS with 26.64 percent, and the incumbent Democrats (PDM) with 23.76 percent. The last party with enough votes to enter parliament was businessman Ilan Shor’s Party, with 8.35 percent.
These were the first elections in Moldovan history organized according to a new, mixed electoral system, which allotted 50 seats of the 101-seat parliament to parliamentary members elected from one national list, and 51 seats to candidates from uninominal electoral districts.
Also according to the CEC, voter turnout was 1.45 million, or 49.22 percent of all citizens eligible to vote. The highest turnout, or 31.7 percent, was for those aged 56-70 years, while the lowest, of around 8 percent, was for both the 18-25 age group, and for the 71 and older one.
This was the lowest turnout in the last decade, Romanian news website Realitatea.net writes, noting that the 2014 parliamentary elections had a turnout of 55.86 percent, while the 2010 parliamentary elections had a figure of 63.37 percent.
The turnout at the two polling stations in breakaway Transdniester was, however, a record one, with 35,000 people casting their votes by 6:30 p.m. yesterday, compared to a total of 9,200 voters during the same time frame in the 2014 elections, CEC President Alina Rusu told Realitatea.net.
Speaking during a press briefing after the polling stations were closed, Sandu also dubbed the voting “the most undemocratic elections in the history of Moldova” and “clear proof that Moldova is heading toward a Putin-style dictatorship, the culprits for this extremely dramatic process being [PDM leader Vladimir] Plahotinuc and [Moldovan President Igor] Dodon and their minions,” Romanian news site Digi24.ro reports.
Plahotinuc said that his party was willing to talk to any other political group about cooperation, given that “we, the Democrats, have no politicians that we would refuse to discuss with, nor any topics that we wouldn’t approach. We will not set any conditions, but we will not accept any conditions either. We want to work for the country and do what we promised during our meetings with the people,” he said, according to Romanian daily Adevarul.
For his part, Dodon spoke about “a major risk of early elections” already after casting his vote and before the results were tallied, The Associated Press reports.
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