More comprehensive legal framework for direct election of the president drafted in an inclusive manner is needed to increase public confidence in the electoral process concluded participants at the post-election review conference “2016 Presidential elections in the Republic of Moldova: analysis, conclusions, recommendations and follow-up which took place in Chisinau on 16 – 17 February 2016.
The event focused on lessons learnt from the presidential elections held in Moldova on 30 October 2016 as well as challenges and constraints of the current electoral legislation and practices in field of campaign finance oversight, media, management of electoral disputes, voting abroad that need to be addressed in order to prevent loss of citizen’s trust in the democratic electoral process. It brought together over hundred participants including presidents of the Constitutional Court and Central Election Commission, members of Central and District Electoral Commissions, parliament, government, judiciary, political parties including from the opposition, international organisations and civil society organisations.
The Council of Europe offered its readiness to further assist Moldovan authorities in the reform process in the period between elections including through co-operation with the Venice Commission and the Parliamentary Assembly as well as coordination with international partners such as OSCE/ODIHR.
The conference is organised in the framework of Council of Europe’s project “Pre-electoral assistance to the Republic of Moldova” as part of the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova.