Observation of local elections in Moldova: progress noticed, but there is room for improvement
The Congress adopted a recommendation and a resolution further to the observation of the local elections held in Moldova on 5 June 2011. From Congress perspective, the local vote marked a further step in the right direction. It showed that progress was made in respect of the organisational framework of election management, behaviour during the political campaign and quality of the media coverage. Issues highlighted in the report as areas for improvement are, in particular: accuracy of the voters' lists, campaign and party financing as well as the lack of a clear apportionment of responsibilities between the different administrative levels and the need to transfer powers and resources to the local level.
Moldova's local elections largely met international standards, but remaining legal and regulatory issues need to be considered, observers say
Moldova's local elections largely met OSCE and Council of Europe election-related commitments, in conditions conducive to a competitive campaign and offering voters a genuine choice, international observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Council of Europe's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities concluded in a statement issued today. However, the observers noted that remaining legal, administrative and regulatory issues need to be further considered in order to ensure continued forward progress.
Preliminary Findings - Press release
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Observation mission in Moldova: ''Local democracy requires the transfer of powers and the transfer of resources'', stated Britt-Marie L÷vgren
''Congress election observation is carried out on a peer-to-peer basis, with a focus on a political assessment of the whole electoral process'' explained Britt-Marie Lövgren, Head of the Congress delegation, at a press conference in Chisinau, presenting the preliminary conclusions of the observation mission of the local elections in Moldova. ''Local democracy, as enshrined in the European Charter of Local Self-Government, requires the transfer of powers and the transfer of resources. Moldova has a lot to do in this respect. The Council of Europe Congress is ready to assist – and in September will already carry out a monitoring mission to follow-up this issue.''
Council of Europe Congress observed local elections in Moldova
A delegation from the Congress observed the local elections in Moldova on 5 June 2011. On 2, 3 and 4 June the delegation held meetings in Chisinau with representatives of government, the opposition, electoral bodies and political parties, notably with the Minister of Labour, Social Protection and Family, Valentina BULIGA, candidate for the Democratic Party, and Igor DODON, candidate for the Party of Communists, for the Mayor of Chisinau, as well as with electoral staff of other candidates.
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