Today, 13 November 2016, the second round of presidential elections is held in Moldova. Igor Dodon and Maia Sandu, the candidates that polled the most votes in the first round, are fighting for the position of president.

11:50 p.m. In several districts, the vote counting drew to its end. The Central Election Commission (CEC) presented the results.

Igor Dodon is leading virtually in all of the districts. In Gagauzia, he accumulated 99% of the votes.

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11:30 p.m. 85% of the minutes have been processed, according to the data, Dodon is leading.


10:30 p.m. When the polling stations are closed, both candidates addressed the citizens.


Both candidates are unhappy that not all the citizens in the diaspora were able to vote. Both Dodon and Sandu urge people to remain calm.

"Our goal is to provide stability.  Let’s not disturb the society, whatever the outcome is, let’s urge people to be calm. We don’t need challenges and riots in the society. The first thing the one who loses the elections will have to do is to urge people to remain calm. That’s it, Mrs. Sandu, the elections are over. We don’t need tension in the society”, Igor Dodon said to Maia Sandu.

Maia Sandu pointed out that the campaign was a dirty one. She also thanked her compatriots for the hundreds of messages urging people to vote.

"I thank all the citizens who fulfilled their civic duty and sent a clear signal to the authorities. You have proved an extraordinary capacity to mobilize. We will remain vigilant to the end and I promise that together we will clarify each case of infringement, where people were unable to vote. We will not allow them to steal your vote," Sandu said.

10:10 p.m. The polling stations in Moldova have closed.

The turnout for the elections was over 53%, i.e. 1.6012 million of domestic citizens and 131 thousand of citizens residing abroad have voted. In some polling stations outside the country, the voting continues due to the time difference.

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8:40 p.m. Sergiu Gurduza, CEC member, has apologized to the citizens who could not or would not be able to vote. "I want to personally apologize to voters who were not able or who will not be able to vote. I refer to the polling stations abroad, both from the Russian Federation and from European countries. I must admit that the state failed to provide every citizen the right to vote. I apologize to all of those who will have suffered from it."

8:30 p.m. In 13 polling stations in Hincesti District, three in Cantemir and one in the town of Codru, the voting has been held with no electric power.

8:15 p.m. Discovery of 500 euros in a voting booth at the polling station no.115 from Chisinau has been reported to the police. The chairman of local electoral commission, Ion Bodean, told for the IPN that the money was seized by law enforcement agents to establish its provenance.

Ion Bodean said that no one claimed the money or reported the loss. The chairman of the electoral commission believes it could be an electoral challenge from a competitor.


8:00 p.m. Alina Russu, chair of the CEC, commented on the mobilization of the diaspora, "We witness an unprecedented mobilization of Moldovan citizens willing to exercise their right to vote. Therefore, as it has been said, after the tabulation process, the CEC will necessarily perform an analysis and come up with solutions, proposals on granting citizens the possibility to vote freely, according to the law".

7:10 p.m. 3,000 ballots have been used in Bucharest. The polling station at the Embassy has closed and only 700 ballots are available at the Consulate. In Great Britain, the diaspora filed 678 complaints.

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7:30 p.m. Over 50% of voters participated in the poll.

In less than two hours the polls will close, the turnout in the run-off has been higher compared to the first round. 52.22% of the population voted. According to the CEC, 1,431,899 citizens voted in the first round. There are 2,811,869 citizens eligible to vote on the election lists.

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7:00 p.m. Over 1.542 million of Moldovans voted so far.

“Ballots for the run-off election of the Moldovan president are available in all the polling stations in Moldova”, the chair of the CEC told.

Previously, the news about an insufficient number of ballot papers at some polling stations in Italy and in the UK was spread on the social networks. "At this stage, the electoral process is in its normal regime. Ballots are available in all 100 polling stations opened abroad," Russu said, according to

According to the law, the CEC allotted three thousand ballots to each of the polling stations. As Russu stated, 2189 and 2191 ballots were used in the two polling stations in Moscow, over 2,500 citizens voted in Great Britain at the polling station nr.336 and 1823 citizens voted in the diplomatic mission. In the two sections of Padua voted 1819 and 1056 citizens, 1977 Moldovans voted in Bologna. 2059 and 1396 Moldovans voted in the two sections in Bucharest.

The polling station in Tokyo, Japan has finished its activities, the polling station in Beijing, China closed at 3:00 p.m.  The last two polling stations in the USA opened at 5:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m. 48.93% of voters have come to the polls by this time. Most activity has been displayed by people aged between 56-70 reaching a share of 28.92%, those aged between 26-40 reached 26.6%, and those between 41-55 - 26.22%. Similarly to the first round, young people, aged between 18 and 25 years, turned out to be the most passive, as only 10.48% have decided to vote for their favorite candidate.

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6:00 p.m. Sandu Maia is dissatisfied with the way the elections are being held, "There are no more ballots at Stratford polling station (no. 336) in London, while hundreds of people are still waiting outside to vote. We require the resignation of the Foreign Minister and the Chair of the Central Election Commission, as they are primarily responsible for this disaster. At the same time, we are filing a criminal complaint against these two officials for obstructing the voting rights of citizens, guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova."

5:00 p.m. 46% of voters voted. 95 000 Moldovans voted abroad.

As of 3:30 p.m., 41.07% of citizens voted, the CEC communicates.

The voters are most active in Chisinau, almost half of registered voters, 49.21%, have exercised their right to vote there. The voting process is also active in Rezina with a turnout of 44, 12%, in Dubăsari with 43.95%, in Ocnita - 43.45%, in Donduseni - 42.34%. The biggest number of voters was registered at the polling station in Codru, Chisinau. The voters’ turnout is 45, 91% there.


4:30 p.m. Queues at the polling stations abroad

Diaspora is actively participating in the voting. Voters queue to exercise their right to vote. Hundreds of people queue in Moscow, Rome, Milan, Bucharest and Frankfurt.

To vote for their candidate citizens have to wait in line for about an hour. 

The former Romanian president Traiаn Basescu, who received the citizenship of Moldova in March of this year, voted in Romania "As a citizen of Moldova, I give priority to European values".

Italy is leading among diaspora voters, followed by Romania, Russia and France. 13 thousand people voted in Italy, In Romania 5139, in Russia 4291, in France 2930.

The first polling stations closed at 2:00 p.m., it's the station in Tokyo.

According to the CEC, over 77,000 representatives of the diaspora voted by 4:00 p.m. 


3:10 p.m. More than one million citizens have turned out at the polling stations so far.


3:00 p.m. Vice chairman of the election commission of the polling station nr. 20 of Delacau village, Anenii Noi District, Victor Chiperi, was found dead today in his own house. He died from a heart attack. The announcement was made by the chair of the Central Electoral Commission, Alina Russu.

2:30 p.m. Ballots have been lost in Portugal.

As the CEC informs, luggage for 2 of the 4 polling stations has been declared lost by the air transportation company.

The Central Election Commission ordered the reprinting of ballots for two polling stations in the Portuguese Republic.

3000 ballots have been reprinted for each of the polling stations - nr.1/382 in Lisbon and nr.1 / 385 in Setubal (located at a distance of 44 km away from Lisbon). The CEC, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, ensured their transportation to the respective polling stations, which are to start work at 7:00 a.m. - local time, 9:00 a.m. – Moldova’s time.

Based on the decision no. 557 of 12.11.2016 issued by the CEC, diplomatic bags reported as lost luggage, which contained campaign materials, shall be returned intact, without being unsealed, to Chisinau District Electoral Council.

By 12.30 p.m., 280 Moldovan citizens voted at the polling station no.1/382 in Lisbon and 71 at the station nr.1/385 in Setubal.


2:00 p.m. Maia Sandu and Igor Dodon have voted.

"I voted for the wonderful people of this country, for the people that I've recently rediscovered. I thank all of those who have mobilized and come to vote. I want to ask those who have not yet come to vote to do so. I thank all of those who fought, especially those in the Diaspora, who mobilized and traveled hundreds of kilometers to help us build a better life at home. I urge everyone to vote," Maia Sandu said.

"I’ve seen where the pro-European forces brought us. Citizens of the country wish to live a better life.  I voted for an integral, sovereign and independent State, for our children and against oligarchs, against those who were in the government," Igor Dodon said.

840 000 voters voted by 2:00 p.m. The number of voters abroad reached 43 000.

12:00 According to the Electoral Code, the candidate, who obtained the highest number of votes is considered the winner, regardless of the number of those who voted.

22% of voters participated in the vote by 12:00, according to

Polling stations are open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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