Electoral contestants, voters, observers and other electoral stakeholders are entitled to get clear answer what are the status of the Central Electoral Commission of the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia (CEC Gagauzia), its place and role in the electoral management system of the Republic of Moldova, competences in organising and holding elections of the People’s Assembly, the Head (Baskan) of the ATU Gagauzia or referendums organised in ATU Gagauzia.
To solve out these and related issues, including on the legislative level, a Working group within the CEC ATU Gagauzia (Working Group) was set up, in accordance with the Strategic Plan of the CEC Gagauzia for 2020-2023. The Working Group consists of the representatives of the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Moldova (CEC), CEC Gagauzia, the People’s Assembly and the Executive Committee of Gagauzia. Aim of the Working Group is harmonising the electoral legislation by mapping the institutional and legislative barriers towards strengthening the status and capacities of the CEC Gagauzia created in 2015.
As a result, representatives from the CEC of the Republic of Moldova, the CEC Gagauzia, the Working Group, a representative from the Council of Europe and two Council of Europe consultants took part in a tele-conference on 25 August 2020 to discuss the necessary support to the Working Group.
The participants underscored importance the Council of Europe consultants should pay to thorough analysis of national legislation of the Republic of Moldova and local legislation of Gagauzia, statuses of electoral management bodies in autonomous regions from other countries and developing necessary changes and justification to the legislation of the Republic of Moldova, including local legislation of the UTA Gagauzia. While working the consultants are expected to discuss and coordinate their work with the Working group, CEC Gagauzia and the Chisinau Office of the Council of Europe.
It is worth mentioning that the work has to be accomplished by the end of October 2020.
The activity is funded and implemented by the Council of Europe within the on-going Project “Improving electoral practice in the Republic of Moldova”.