Elections in Moldova: November 30 Parliamentary Elections
This Sunday Moldova will undergo its 4th parliamentary election in almost as many years. Following the 2009 "Twitter revolution", Moldova has maintained a series of shaky parliamentary coalitions that have oriented the country economically and politically towards Europe and the European Union (EU). But with many Moldovans still wary of the EU and sympathetic to the Russian-led Eurasian Customs Union, this vote can be seen as a popular endorsement or rejection of this policy. The tumultuous events in neighboring Ukraine, reminiscent of Moldova's own internal conflict in the 1990s, have also introduced new security concerns into the national debate.
November's elections will once again feature a choice of democratic and liberal pro-European parties, pro-Russian political entities, and the still popular Communist Party, which governed the country from 2001 to 2009. As no single party is expected to gain a majority in the Parliament, these elections will again result in a critical period of post-election coalition building to form the country's next government.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems' (IFES) work in Moldova through 2013 focused on technical assistance to the Central Election Commission, including developing comprehensive training curricula for election officials. This will be the first election where the Center for Continuous Electoral Training (CCET), an institution that IFES helped form, will train electoral officials at all levels.
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