The electoral process was transparently administered, but certain legal provisions should be adjusted to international standards. The European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations Election Observation Mission voiced this conclusion Tuesday, November 15.
Head of the mission, Peter Novotny said that the Election Code regulates "in a very vague manner the procedures for the second round of the presidential election." "There were shortcomings observed during the solution of litigation in the Central Election Commission (CEC). At the same time, information published on the Commission's website, especially information with respect to the participation rate and the number of votes needed to win, could be considered misleading for the public", Novotny said.
Observers noted that even if the CEC had increased the number of ballots, some polling stations still felt their shortage. “Students were unable to vote at the polling stations in the places where they study. We also noticed violations of the fundamental rights in the polling stations within psychiatric hospitals and prisons. We identified trends to undermine the image of the candidates and partisanship of the media", Novotny said.
"Hotline" callers also revealed multiple violations. Statements with this regard were made in a press conference by the President of the Center for Analysis and Prevention of Corruption, Galina Bostan.
According to her, 30 people called the hotline in the second round of elections, which is much fewer than in the first round. "People inquired about the place of voting, about the documents required to participate in the elections, they pointed out to irregularities in voter lists and problems in the work of electoral bodies," Bostan mentioned.
"They revealed a number of irregularities, such as corrupting of voters in front of the polling stations, some people showed voters how to vote, others received food packages, there were cases of organized transportation of citizens, but also issues related to the requests of mobile ballot box" Bostan said.
The President of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, Cornelia Cozonac, said that during the election campaign journalists had been repeatedly denied access to information.
The CEC accredited over 4600 national and international observers for the
Presidential election campaign.