Constitutional referendum outcome won’t require Parliament validation


Whatever Moldovans decide at the upcoming constitutional referendum on EU membership shall be binding and shall not require any further validation from Parliament to produce legal effects, stated the president of the Constitutional Court. Domnica Manole made the clarifications in connection with the formal approval issued earlier today by the Constitutional Court for the referendum to be initiated.
“At the national constitutional referendum, the people have the prerogative to directly exercise their national sovereignty, expressing their will regarding the most important societal and government affairs”, Domnica Manole told a press briefing.

The Court noted that the legislative initiative to amend the Constitution was tabled by more than a third of MPs, as required by Article 141(1)(b) of the Constitution.

The referendum on Moldova’s eventual European Union membership was announced by President Maia Sandu concomitantly with the announcement of her re-election bid. Consequently, the referendum and the first round of the presidential election is expected to take place simultaneously on October 20.