The new mayors of Chisinau and Balti will be elected on 20 May this year. A decision in this regard has been taken by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) in a meeting held today, March 12th.
All the members of the Commission voted for the elections in the capital and in the municipality of Balti.
Alina Rusu, the president of the CEC, said that the expenses for the elections in the two municipalities will amount to over 22 million lei. The necessary financial resources are to be identified by the Parliament.
We remind you that Dorin Chirtoaca, Chisinau mayor, suspended from office while being under criminal prosecution, announced his resignation on February 16th. In a press conference, Chirtoaca announced that his resignation is a sign of protest against the abuses within the City Hall of Chisinau.
Chirtoaca was first elected mayor of Chisinau in 2007 and held three terms of office. Dorin Chirtoaca is investigated in two cases for influence peddling and overcoming his job duties. Currently, his is under house arrest.
As for the resignation of the mayor of Balti, Renato Usatii, he announced he was leaving his office in mid-February, claiming that the city needs a manager, while he cannot return to the country in the near future.
Renato Usatii was elected mayor of the northern capital in the local elections on June 14, 2015, with the vote of 72.46% of the residents. However, for more than a year, he has been Moscow.
Moldovan prosecutors accuse the politician of the fact that in 2011, he expropriated the majority stock of shares, held by the Russian banker, Gherman Gorbuntov, in Universalbank, Chisinau, and then ordered his assassination.