Publishing of the media monitoring report on 30 November 2014 Parliamentary Election in the Republic of Moldova
[17-12-2014] - In the framework of the pre-electoral assistance programme ahead of parliamentary elections of 30 November 2014 in the Republic of Moldova, the Council of Europe provided capacity building to the Coordinated Council of Audio-visual.
Mr Marek Mracka, Council of Europe media expert was seconded for three weeks in total from October to November 2014 to train the staff of the CCA Monitoring Department and to ensure that the monitoring process of the election campaign is correct, equidistant and transparent.
[10-12-2014] - From 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2017, the Division of Electoral Assistance of the Council of Europe will implement a EU funded Electoral Assistance Programme: reforming electoral legislation and practice in the Eastern Partnership countries.
The programme aims at:
- Strengthening the capacities of EMBs in delivering trainings to electoral stakeholders;
- Increasing the capacities of domestic observers in monitoring elections and reporting violations;
- Increasing gender equality in politics;
- Enhancing civic and voter education of women, minorities and other disadvantaged groups.
DELEGATION FROM BOTH BANKS OF THE RIVER NISTRU/DNIESTER VISITS TB CONTROL PROGRAMME IN PRISONS IN AZERBAIJAN
On 2-5 December 2014 the Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) programme of the Council of Europe organised a study visit to the Main Medical Department of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan to learn about planning, implementation and monitoring of the Tuberculosis control programme in prisons. The participants exchanged information, experience and good practices with their counterparts from Azerbaijan on TB control in prisons.
The delegation included representatives of penitentiary institutions, TB coordinators from both sides of the river Nistru/Dniester, as well as NGOs working in this field.
The four-day study visit to Azerbaijan included key aspects of TB control in the prison setting, in particular TB case detection and diagnosis, TB infection control, TB/HIV co-infection, follow-up treatment of TB/HIV patients after release, etc. The study visit consisted of training sessions, group discussions, and visits to penitentiary institutions where the participants had the possibility to experience how TB and TB/HIV co-infection are treated and prevented in prisons.
MOLDOVA GETS NEW PROJECT ON INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
On 10 December 2014, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gariella Battaini-Dragoni and Ambassador Arnold De Fine Skibsted of Denmark signed a contract for the new project on “Support to criminal justice reforms in the Republic of Moldova”. The main objective of the project is to improve human rights protection and rule of law, including effective national implementation of European and international instruments, in Moldova, through the strengthening of key actors in relation to justice and vulnerable groups. It will last 36 months with a total budget of 2 million Euros.
The project team will be based in the Council of Europe Chisinau Office. The project will start from 1 January 2015.
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.