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    OSCE, PACE AND EU OBSERVERS MONITOR ELECTIONS IN MOLDOVA

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    CHISINAU, March 6 (RIA Novosti, Vladimir Novosadyuk) - 747 observers from OSCE, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and the European Union, and 2,500 local observers will monitor parliamentary election in Moldova on Sunday.

    According to Moldova Central Election Committee (CEC), 767 foreign correspondents have been accredited to provide coverage of the election.

    In addition, hundreds of supporters of the participants of the electoral race will monitor the voting process at the polling stations.

    "The chances of falsification are minimal because the observers will closely monitor the process," believes a PACE representative.

    For the first time, a group of observers from Russia and the CIS will not participate in the monitoring of the election. Local authorities decided that they might arrive in Moldova only as part of PACE and OSCE delegations. Such a decision of Chisinau, together with the expulsion from Moldova of a group of Russian and Belarus citizens who arrived to attend the election caused a negative reaction not only on the part of Russia, but also among representatives of Russian-speaking electorate in Moldova.

    Political experts consider these and some other steps taken by local authorities as their resistance to external influence on the election campaign in Moldova.

    After all, the results of the current campaign will determine not only the composition of the parliament, but also the outcome of the future presidential elections conducted by the new parliament.

    The presidential elections are held not later than 30 days after the parliamentary elections. The president is elected by three-fifths of deputies' votes, or 61 or more votes.

    After consultations with parliamentary majority, the president puts forward a candidature for the post of Prime Minister. Within fifteen days after his nomination, the candidate for Prime Minister asks the Parliament to adopt a confidence vote in regard to the composition of a new Cabinet and its action program.

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