PLDM suggests reintroducing minimum voter turnout for parliamentary elections

The members of the Liberal-Democratic parliamentary group propose re-including in the Election Code the provision that institutes a minimum voter turnout of 1/3 in constituencies in parliamentary elections. A legislative initiative to this effect was registered with the Parliament’s secretariat, IPN reports.

The informative note to the bill says the lack of regulations concerning the turnout of at least 1/3 of the voters put on the electoral registers in the parliamentary elections hampers the fulfillment of an essential condition. The MPs said the supreme legislative body risks not being representative and not really and effectively expressing the people’s will that is the precondition for exercising sovereignty in an authentic democratic way through the agency of the people.

The Liberal-Democratic MPs remind that the provisions on the minimum voter turnout were maintained in the case of local elections, the presidential elections and referendums in Moldova. The principle of majority in the created situation will lead to absurd absenteeism, especially because there will be held one round of voting. “We can witness nonsense when a candidate becomes an MP being elected possibly by only one vote,” stated the Lib-Dems.

“When a minimum voter turnout of 1/3 is set for the presidential elections in Moldova and there are no similar provisions for the supreme legislative body, the problem of redefining the form of government in the Republic of Moldova in terms of representation becomes conspicuous,” says the bill.

Liberal-Democratic MPs Maria Ciobanu, Iurie Țap, Tudor Deliu and Vadim Pistrinchuk, who drafted the legislative initiative, requested that the bill should be adopted during the current parliamentary session so that the provision is applied in the elections of next February.

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