CEC will not raise number of polling stations abroad, figure kept at 139

After contradictory discussions at the meeting of the Central Election Commission, the draft decision to raise the number of polling stations abroad for the snap parliamentary elections of July 11 from 139 to 162, which was presented by the Commission’s president Dorin Cimil, could not garner the necessary number of votes, IPN reports.

Dorin Cimil said he suggests supplementing the polling stations in the regions and towns where long lines were formed by voters or where the ballots were used up swiftly at the previous elections. The requests made by NGOs, persons or parties and the preregistration by over 100,000 voters who submitted statements online or on paper were also taken into account.

SEC secretary general Maxim Lebedinschi said CEC didn’t ensure separate preregistration at the current elections and the figure on the Commission’s website presents the data for the past three years. The embassies also said that they do not have accurate data about the number of Moldovans abroad. Therefore, they should keep the same number of polling places and the same locations as at the previous elections so as not to confuse the voters.

Also today, the Commission decided to establish 44 polling stations for the citizens eligible to vote from the settlements from the left bank of the Nistru, from Bender municipality and some of the villages of Căușeni district. The CEC called on the national and international observers and the Joint Control Commission to monitor voting in the Security Zone on July 11 so as to guarantee its safety and proper conduct. According to the State Register of Voters, over 258,000 persons with the right to vote are there in the Transnistrian region.

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