Failure to comply with the recommendations of the Venice Commission by the current regime, as promised by Moldova’s Head of Parliament Andrian Candu and President Igor Dodon, will result in the loss of financial assistance and non-recognition of elections.
This is the opinion of former deputy and honorary member of PACE Grigory Petrenko, leader of the opposition party Our Home is Moldova (Red Bloc), who, having been deprived of the right to participate in protests by the courts, recorded an audio message which was played at the demonstration against the change of the electoral system in front of Parliament on June 11.
|Red Bloc leader Grigory Petrenko|
At the same time, according to the former deputy, “ignoring the recommendations of the Venice Commission and ODIHR will be a step towards non-recognition by the European community of future elections as free, democratic and fair, organized in accordance with international norms and standards in this field.”
Also, according to Petrenko, it is very important that the opposition forces of the country unite against Plahotniuc’s intention to stack the Parliament with candidates loyal to the regime.
|June 11 protest in Chisinau, Moldova.|
“We want to live in a country with social justice, a free and democratic country where laws and institutions function. We do not want an electoral system for the benefit of Plahotniuc, we do not want the kind of a stability that gives way to state gangsterism. NO to the attempt to change the electoral system!” said the former deputy.
Recall that on May 5 the deputies belonging to the parties of oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc and President Igor Dodon approved, on the first reading, a bill to amend the electoral system (to include single-mandate voting and a mixed ballot), without waiting for the conclusions and recommendations of the Venice Commission.
The decision by the deputies of the Democratic Party (PDM) and Socialist Party (MDBGS) angered the opposition and civil society, who took to the streets to protest and promised large-scale demonstrations if the project to change the electoral system is not withdrawn.
Translated by Greg Butterfield