Press-release: Latest developments of the situation with international observers that monitor early Parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova

27 июля 2009 г.

Latest developments of the situation with international observers that monitor early Parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova

Early Parliamentary elections in Moldova are scheduled for July 29, 2009. On July 22 Central Election Commission (CEC) of Moldova adopted a decision on inviting international observers from ENEMO (European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations).

Press-release: Latest developments of the situation with international observers that monitor early Parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova

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Latest developments of the situation with international observers that monitor early Parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova

Early Parliamentary elections in Moldova are scheduled for July 29, 2009. On July 22 Central Election Commission (CEC) of Moldova adopted a decision on inviting international observers from ENEMO (European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations).

International election monitoring mission of ENEMO selected 140 activists from civic organizations of 12 countries to participate in the monitoring, including 4 representatives of “GOLOS” Association from the Russian Federation.

However, CEC of Moldova without any grounds or explanation denied accreditation to majority of ENEMO observers. The official status of international observers was granted to only 55 out of 140 participants of the mission.

Thus, accreditation was denied to the Head of the Mission Serhiy Tkachenko (Ukraine). According to preliminary information, CEC denied accreditation to all observers less than 40 years of age. Two of Russian observers did not meet the “age limit”, among them a well-known political scientist, Association’s expert Alexander Kynev.

Since at the time of CEC’s decision majority of observers have already arrived to Moldova, leaders of the mission repeated their request to the CEC to accredit all of their observers. On the eve of July 27 CEC of Moldova again denied accreditation to ENEMO representatives.

Moreover, on that same day in the airport of Chisinau members of ENEMO delegation from Georgia had been denied access to the territory of Moldova, had to spend the night in the airport and were later deported. Georgian authorities have already condemned these actions.

On the eve of July 27 about 30 members of Moldovan immigration authorities arrived at the residence of ENEMO representatives. After checking documents they detained Head of the Mission Serhiy Tkachenko and long-term observer Edil Baysalov (Kyrgyzstan).

As it became known later, Serhiy Tkachenko was taken to the main office of Moldovan Immigration Service and was questioned for several hours. After that he was offered to sign a statement on his intensions to leave the country within the next 24 hours. The Head of the Mission denied this proposal, based on the absence of substantial grounds for such actions. At about 2 a.m. Serhiy Tkachenko was released. As of morning of July 28, 2009, the whereabouts of Edil Baysalov remain unknown.

On the morning of July 28 Moldovan police detained over 20 ENEMO representatives that were working in Beltsy and Soroki and offered them to leave the country within next 24 hours. Among those detained were 6 citizens of Ukraine.

Regardless of these events, ENEMO mission plans to continue election monitoring with observers that received accreditation.

“GOLOS” Association will continue to monitor the situation in Moldova and will inform on new developments separately.

GOLOS Press-service