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    CHISINAU, March 6 (RIA Novosti, Vladimir Novosadyuk) - At 7 a.m. local time (8 a.m. Moscow time) on Sunday, 1,944 polling stations opened for voting during parliamentary elections in Moldova.

    According to Moldova Central Election Committee (CEC), nine of the polling stations are specially set up for voters residing in the Transdniestrian region. Another 23 stations are opened at Moldova diplomatic missions abroad.

    Eleven parties, movements and political blocs and 12 independent candidates are on the electoral ballot. They are competing for 101 deputy seats.

    The electoral barrier for entry to the parliament is 6% for parties, 9% for electoral blocs consisting of two parties or movements, 12% for blocs consisting of three and more parties or organizations, and 3% for independents.

    The overall number of Moldova citizens who have the right to vote is 2 million and 346 thousand people. Two million and 511 thousand electoral bulletins have been printed, the sources in the CEC reported.

    The elections are considered legitimate if 50% plus one voter out of the overall number of registered voters have participated in voting.

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