The Central Election Commission of Moldova recognized the parliamentary elections as valid, since the turnout at 15:33 (coinciding with Moscow time) exceeded 33.3%. This was announced on Sunday, July 11, by the Central Election Commission of the republic.
By the specified time, more than 982 thousand people had time to take part in the voting.
More than 2 thousand polling stations in the country opened at 7:00 (coinciding with Moscow time). More than 2.4 thousand observers are watching the elections, in particular, representatives of the CIS, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the European Union, as well as Russia, the United States and other countries.
Also, 150 polling stations were opened in 36 countries.
The elections will end at 21:00. Their results must be confirmed by the Constitutional Court of the country.
One independent candidate and 22 parties and blocs are taking part in the elections, including the Action and Solidarity Party of President Maia Sandu and the Communists and Socialists bloc of ex-President Igor Dodon.
On July 2, Oleg Bondarenko, director of the Progressive Policy Foundation, said that a pro-Western coalition could be formed in Moldova following the early parliamentary elections. Dodon’s Socialist Party will be in the minority.
On the same day, Dodon announced fears of rigging the republic’s early parliamentary elections at polling stations opened in Western countries. He admitted the possibility that Moldovans could protest if they tried not to recognize the party’s victory in the elections.
Early parliamentary elections were called after Sandu, with the support of pro-European forces, secured the resignation of Prime Minister Ion Chicu and blocked the appointment of a new cabinet. This, at the end of April, provoked the dissolution of the country’s parliament, where the pro-presidential party controlled 15 out of 101 seats.