After much criticism and hundreds of petitions signed by citizens living abroad who failed to vote, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MFAEI) commented the situation.
According to information provided by Promo-LEX, several polling stations from outside the country did not have enough ballots. The polling stations are as follows: Polling station No. 317 from Moscow, Russian Federation; Polling station no. 335 from London, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Polling station nr.336 from Sratford region, London; Polling station No. 347 from Paris, French Republic; Polling station nr.349 from Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, French Republic; Polling station nr.364 from Padova, Italy; Polling station no. 366 from Parma, Italy; Polling station No 375 from Verona, Italy; Polling station No. 389 from Bucharest, Romania; Polling station no. 390 from Bucharest, Romania; Polling station No 325 from Dublin, Republic of Ireland; Polling station No 359, from Mestia, Italian Republic; Polling station no. 345 from Berlin, Germany.
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The Moldovan citizens who were unable to exercise their right to vote, protested peacefully chanting "We want to vote!", demanded the resignation from office of the CEC and the MFAEI, signed petitions, and those who had the possibility, were redirected to other polling stations where ballots were still available.
As a result of the revolt and indignation shown by Diaspora, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration has come up with several explanations. The institution stressed that they worked really hard and put a lot of effort, and that the organization of elections outside the country is determined by the Electoral Code.
The communique released by MFAEI states that “the Electoral Code expressly states the conditions for establishing polling stations abroad, appointing two basic requirements in identifying the localities where polling stations will be opened, namely the prior registration of citizens abroad and the number of voters participated in previous elections.”
The institution also stated that they came up with the proposal to open 100 polling stations outside the country, 60 of which outside the diplomatic missions, which represents the highest number of polling stations ever established abroad (5 more than in 2014 and 25 more than in 2010).
According the MFAEI, the second round of elections was organized and carried out under the same conditions as the first round of elections (with the same electoral councils and to the same electoral lists). Similarly, to facilitate the access to stations and providing optimal conditions, it was decided to increase the number of members of electoral office up to the maximum set by law, which is 11 members, and to increase the number of ballot papers for polling stations opened abroad by 3000 copies, which is the amount maximum set by the Electoral Code.
According to the information, 288 850 ballots were received for the 100 polling stations opened for the second round of election, which represents 6.4% more compared to the first round (270 349 ballots), of which about 153 135 were not used, according to the preliminary data released by the Central Electoral Commission, which represents about 53%.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration pointed out that together with the Office for Relations with Diaspora, through diplomatic missions and consular posts they made the effort to inform citizens on the list of polling stations opened and directing them to the nearest ones.
Also, the MFAEI will analyze closely all the petitions signed by the Moldovan citizens and will come up with the appropriate information to the petitioners.
Over 135,000 Moldovans working abroad have voted in the second round of presidential election.