Elections in Moldova were generally well administered, in a campaign influenced by geopolitical aspirations, say international observers
Strasbourg, 01.12.2014 – The 30 November parliamentary elections in Moldova were characterised by a wide choice of political alternatives and were generally well administered, although the de-registration of one electoral contestant shortly before election day raised questions about the timing and circumstances, international election observers said in a statement issued today. While contestants enjoyed unimpeded access to the media, political influence in broadcast media led to partisan reporting.
“A largely well-run election offered voters the opportunity to choose their preferred candidates and even geopolitical aspirations, which was at the heart of the campaign,” said Emin Önen, Special Co-ordinator and leader of the short-term OSCE observer mission. “That said, the late removal of a highly visible party from the ballot cast a shadow over the final days.”
Against the backdrop of the country’s geopolitical aspirations, candidates were able to compete in a peaceful campaign and fundamental freedoms were generally respected, the statement said. Changes made to candidate lists up to a week before the elections meant that some potential candidates continued working in official government capacities throughout the campaign, thus blurring the distinction between public office and campaign activities. Observers noted a limited number of campaign violations, mostly related to unequal access to public venues.
Republic of Moldova: Pre-electoral assistance programme for parliamentary elections in 2014
[25-11-2014] - With the holding of parliamentary elections on 30 November 2014 in the Republic of Moldova, the Council of Europe’s Division of Electoral Assistance and Census is finalising its programme of pre-electoral assistance. The programme, adopted by the Committee of Ministers in June 2014 is part of the Action Plan to support democratic reforms in the Republic of Moldova for 2014 – 2016 and focused on five main pillars:
- Strengthening CEC and Judges’ capacities to deal with election dispute resolutions;
- Increasing the capacities of the Centre for Continuous Electoral Trainings by the CEC to deliver quality trainings to electoral stakeholders;
- Strengthening the capacities of Coordinated Council of audiovisual to monitor media in elections;
- Professionalizing domestic election monitoring NGOs to make constructive criticisms;
- Increasing public awareness raising including first time voters.
Training courses for lawyers and human right defenders
On 18 November 2014 in the framework of the Joint Programme between The Council of Europe and European Union “Strengthening the capacity of lawyers and human rights defenders for domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and of the Revised European Social Charter (RESC)” was organized training course for lawyers and human rights defenders on the following topic: “Right to education as fundamental right. Access to education of persons with disabilities and prevention of discrimination”.
The training course was attended by lawyers, intern lawyers, also representatives of NGOs, etc. There were addressed both theoretical and practical aspects in terms of discrimination, thus participants have obtained new knowledge and useful information for their professional activity. Also, there were discussed such concepts as inclusive education and reasonable accommodation. The trainers presented the Council for preventing and eliminating discrimination and ensuring equality as national non-discrimination remedy.
Thematic seminar for lawyers and human right defenders
On 20 November 2014 in the framework of the Joint Programme between The Council of Europe and European Union “Strengthening the capacity of lawyers and human rights defenders for domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and of the Revised European Social Charter (RESC)” was organized thematic seminar for lawyers and human rights defenders on the following topic: “Hate speech, discrimination and freedom of opinion and expression”.
The thematic seminar was attended by lawyers, intern lawyers, also representatives of NGOs, etc. There were addressed both theoretical and practical aspects in terms of hate speech, discrimination, freedom of opinion and expression thus participants have obtained new knowledge and useful information for their professional activity. The presentations during the seminar were made by two experts, one national and one international.
PACE to observe the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova
Strasbourg, 24.11.2014 – A 25-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Jean-Claude Mignon (France, EPP/CD), will travel to the Republic of Moldova from 28 November to 1 December to observe the conduct of the parliamentary elections, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the European Parliament, and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
The delegation will meet, in particular, leaders and representatives of political parties running in the election, the Chairman of the Central Electoral Commission, and representatives of NGOs and the media, before observing the voting on 30 November.
A member of the Venice Commission – the Council of Europe's group of independent legal experts – will provide legal support during the visit.