Democratic Party of Moldova

Press release

16 July 2019

PSRM-PAS-PPDA alliance does not respect proportional representation of parliamentary majority and opposition in the CEC

PSRM-PAS-PPDA alliance does not respect proportional representation of parliamentary majority and opposition in the CEC

Today, PSRM-PAS-PPDA parliamentary majority, that announced loudly and clearly the intention to depoliticize state institutions, to promote into various positions professionals who would be selected transparently, based on their merits, appointed an exponent from each party to be member of Central Electoral Commission. 

Thus, the following people were appointed members of CEC: from PPDA - Dumitru Pavel, the lawyer of PPDA's leader, Andrei Nastase, who also defends interests of PPDA members; from the socialists - Maxim Lebedinschi, president Igor Dodon's advisor on legal matters; and PAS proposed doctor of law Dorin Cimil.

Sergiu Sirbu, member of PDM's parliamentary faction, said that this appointment did not respect the principle of proportional representation of parliamentary majority and opposition, as article 16 of Electoral Code stipulates. Through today's decision, Kozak Alliance broke the law and showed again that the talk about depoliticizing state institutions is nothing but talk. In fact, the goal is to place into position exponents of the current government.

Andrian Candu, member of the PDM's parliamentary faction, also said that if transparency had been the aim, a competition to select the best candidates for CEC would have been organized. However, we are now witness of discretionary appointment of exponents of political parties.

Parliamentary majority ignored the arguments of PDM's parliamentary faction. During the same session, the three candidates were confirmed as members of CEC and sworn in.

The three position of CEC members became vacant after the president of the institution Alina Russu, deputy president Rodica Ciubotary and member of CEC Iurie Ciocan resigned to protest against political interference in the CEC's activity.