Government against holding elections during two days

The Government does not support the amendment of the Election Code with a view to extending the voting program by organizing parliamentary and presidential elections during two consecutive days, both for citizens who live in the country and for those who are outside the country’s borders, IPN reports.

Minister of Justice Fadei Nagachevski said the option would generate higher costs associated with the organization of voting, remuneration of members and functionaries of electoral bodies, transportation services, additional involvement of officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affirms and European Integration for providing logistic assistance in the constitution and functioning of electoral bodies abroad.

The Ministry of Finance estimated the costs for holding the parliamentary elections during two days will rise by about 39.6 million lei, while those for the presidential elections by 79.1 million lei, from the budgeted 164.1 million lei.

The proposal to allow voting in polling stations established aboard with expired papers was dismissed as unjustified. According to the minister of justice, the nationality of the Republic of Moldova can be proven to the electoral bodies only by a valid identity card.

The bill to amend the Election Code was registered by PPPDA MP Vasile Năstase at the end of this May.

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