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Republic of Moldova: well organised elections but concerns about the funding of the election campaign

According to PACE, the parliamentary elections of 30 November 2014 in the Republic of Moldova were free, “generally well organised” and “characterised by a wide choice of political alternatives”.

However, the Assembly expressed its concern about the “high-level of campaign expenditure and the role played by oligarchs in the country’s political life, especially the electoral process.” The report drafted by Jean-Claude Mignon (France, EPP/CD), approved today by the Assembly, points out that parliament had not amended the legislation on the funding of election campaigns and political parties, as called for by PACE in its Resolution 1955 (2013).

PACE also expressed regret that the electoral law had recently been amended to raise the election threshold, contrary to the recommendations of the Venice Commission.

The Assembly will continue its close co-operation with the newly elected parliament “through its monitoring procedure and with the Venice Commission”, in order to resolve the issues raised during these elections and consolidate the entire election process.