The Council of Europe (CoE) Project Improving Electoral Practice in the Republic of Moldova, Phase II (March 2021-February 2023) held its second Steering Committee meeting online on 15 December 2021.
Mr. William MASSOLIN, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Chisinau, warmly welcomed the new members of the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Moldova (CEC), the Centre for Continuous Electoral Training (Training Centre) and the Central Electoral Commission of Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia – the key national partners in implementation of the newly adopted Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova 2021-2024, specifically in the electoral field. “Mr. MASSOLIN mentioned some of the most important activities realised within the CoE Project, namely, the awareness raising social campaign with the voters for the Moldovan diaspora and citizens residing on the left back of the Nistru River in the context of the July 2021 early parliamentary elections, combating hate speech in electoral campaigns, improving communication between the CEC and electoral stakeholders, underlining the positive impact of these activities on the capacities of the electoral management bodies and on electoral processes. The Head of the CoE office in Chisinau highlighted the responsiveness and flexibility of the Project towards the needs and priorities expressed by our Moldovan partners in the electoral field. He ensured that this essential dimension for the CoE will continue to guide our action in the year to come
Mrs. Angelica CARAMAN, Chairwoman of the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Moldova, expressed her gratitude to the Council of Europe for the level of the cooperation between the two institutions in the electoral field. She underlined the key achievements, challenges and lessons learned while implementing the Phase II of the Project in 2021, as well as the very useful and flexible approach of the CoE. In her opinion, the cooperation with the CoE has a positive impact in the long run. Among most consistent activities, she mentioned support in the awareness raising campaign on misuse of administrative resources within the early parliamentary elections of 11 July 2021, the comprehensive analysis of the International Election Observation Missions and the Venice Commission’s recommendations, the analysis of the existing legal framework on electoral dispute resolution in the Republic of Moldova, the drawing out of a road map recommendations for the implementation o alternative voting methods for the Republic of Moldova, the development of new functionalities of the E-learning platform for the Training Centre.
During the meeting, the 30 participants - representatives of the CEC, Training Centre, civil society, were familiarised with the main activities realized in cooperation with the national partners within the Project in 2021 presented by Mr. Franck DAESCHLER, Deputy Head of Election of the Division of Elections and Participatory Democracy, Directorate General II, Council of Europe, and with the Project Work Plan for January 2022 – February 2023 reported by Mr. Sergiu TATAROV, Senior Project Officer running the Project, the CoE Office in Chisinau.
Finally, the members of the Steering Committee welcomed the 2021 Project’s activities and approved the Project activities foreseen for January 2022 – February 2023 as well as its indicative timing of implementation.