Moscow slams gross violations in Moldova’s parliamentary votes

Moscow slams gross violations in Moldova’s parliamentary votes

Wed Dec 3, 2014 9:14PM GMT

Moscow has slammed the recent parliamentary election in Moldova, citing “gross violations” of election rules during the campaign and on the election day.

“One cannot ignore that the conclusions on their transparent and democratic character do not go down well, with gross violations allowed in the preparations and the conduct of the election process,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Moscow’s statement came after three pro-European parties announced their decision to form a coalition against pro-Russian Socialist Party of Moldova, which came first in the election.

Meanwhile, the observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) gave a positive assessment of Moldova’s parliamentary election, saying it was fair.

“Overall our conclusion was that [Moldova’s] election offered voters a wide choice of political alternatives,” said Emin Önen, the leader of the OSCE observer mission, adding that “the election campaign was peaceful, and freedoms of expression, association and assembly were generally respected.”

However, Önen confirmed that there had been some irregularities in the election, including biased media coverage and lack of transparency.

Moldova, a tiny and poor former Soviet republic with a population of less than four million, is a parliamentary country, in which the 101-seat parliament elects the president.

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