Early elections would resolve crisis, buy might change country’s course, opinions

The possible early elections would solve the political crisis confronting Moldova, but, after the elections, the political forces that will come to power may change the county’s course. The issue was discussed in the public debate “Culture of early elections. What society must know, expect and demand when early elections take place as a result of a political crisis”, staged by IPN News Agency on May 28.

Political analyst Igor Botan said the necessity of holding early elections appears as a result of a crisis. Normally, when the politicians do not solve a crisis, they seek help from the people. “We are now in a period when these elections would be a natural way out of the crisis. The major problem actually does not reside in the crisis only, but also in the fact that the ruling politicians lost the authority. 54% of the people want the government to be changed. The confidence in the state institutions decreased several times,” said the analyst.

Igor Botan also said that it is dangerous for society when the power loses the authority and the people’s respect. “Moldova’s main problem is the quality of governance. We are tired of the politicians’ behavior. Those who do business, should do it, while those who have the vocation to govern should govern. We can no longer tolerate such impudence. Political crises, which are moral crises in fact, arise from nothing. Do at least something for the situation to be predictable so that those who are in the country know what they should do – stay or leave,” urged the analyst.

Communist councilor in the Chisinau Municipal Council and political analyst Victor Gurau said that until now the citizens witnessed the creation of an oligarchic corporation. “They shared the spheres of influence between them. The PCRM was constant in promoting its message that in a democracy, even a young one, early elections are the best way of overcoming the crisis. We now should say nothing as they say everything themselves. There are permanent scandals concerning political corruption, contraband, mafiotization. Moldova’s success story is no longer a success one,” said the analyst.

Mihail Camerzan, a member of the Political Bureau of the People’s Party of Moldova, considers that the early elections in Moldova differ from those in an advanced democracy. “Elections in our country take place when two persons cannot come to terms. The elections will change nothing as not even the Communists provide arguments as to how they will resolve the crisis. If elections are held, the winners will try to take revenge on those who will suffer defeat. The parties that are now represented in Parliament made everything possible to prevent the extra-parliamentary parties from entering the legislative body. This means that there will be the same parties and it will be as hard to govern,” he stated.

Expert in electoral strategies Olga Nicolenco voiced hope that Moldova will have a government, which will be different, eve if the same players will be in power. “Since 2000 until now, we had 28 elections. Elections weren’t held only in 2004. Thus, we had by 2.5 rounds a year. Do we want to enter the World Guinness Records Book? I’m concerned that the country’s course towards European integration may be changed. The early elections will be a waste of time, money and hopes,” she said.

The public debate “Culture of early elections. What society must know, expect and demand when early elections take place as a result of a political crisis?” is the 18th of the series of public debates “Development of political culture by public debates”. The project is implemented by IPN with support from the German foundation “Hanns Seidel”.

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