18:34 GMT28 November 2020
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    CHISINAU (Sputnik) - Leader of the Party of Action and Solidarity and Moldova’s former prime minister, Maia Sandu, is coming ahead in the presidential election with 34.39 percent of the votes, the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of the Republic of Moldova said after 98.04% of the votes had been counted.

    Moldovan incumbent President Igor Dodon, who is running for a second term, has 34.11%, according to the CEC. All the ballots collected in Moldova have already been counted, but votes cast in the US and Canada are still being processed.

    The electoral commission said after counting 75 percent of the ballots, that the president of Moldova would be elected in the second round on November 15, since none of the candidates had managed to receive the majority of the votes in the first round.

    Earlier, after counted 90% of the votes the CEC announced that Igor Dodon was leading in the Sunday's election by a narrow margin, with his rival Maia Sandu having 32.08% of the votes against Dodon’s 35.85%.

    Dodon noted the good work of the CEC during the presidential election, adding that they were free and democratic.

    "As the acting president and a presidential candidate, I want to thank all employees of government agencies, such as the CEC and electoral bureaus. I want to thank the law enforcement officers who ensured free and democratic elections. You have managed to organize the vote in a better way, although there is still a couple of hours of work on the vote counting," Dodon said at a briefing.

    Meanwhile, Sandu said that jointly with her supporters, she had filed more than 300 appeals to the police due to electoral violations. 

    "We have seen many violations - voters from Transnistria were brought to polling stations. We have filed more than 300 appeals to the district police departments," Sandu said at a press conference.

    Sandu noted that she had also appealed to law enforcement agencies to check the attempted bribing of voters, adding that she has evidence of many cases of electoral violations, including photographs.

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    Central Election Commission, voting, Election, Igor Dodon, Moldova
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