The limitation of the diaspora’s vote would be very grave and the parties that do not agree with this limitation should do their best for this not to happen by legislative ways, executive director of the Institute for Strategic Initiatives Vadim Pistrinciuc stated in the conference “Vote in the diaspora: Optimal solutions for overcoming current challenges” that was organized by the Institute for European Policies and Reforms.
According to him, the parties that bank on the vote of the diaspora and that realize the importance of the diaspora in the country’s social and economic life should not allow the limitation of the diaspora’s vote. Civil society, which also has public diplomacy capacities, should explain the necessity of respecting the right to vote of the diaspora.
Vadim Pistrinciuc said the limitation of the diaspora’s vote could also have a negative economic impact because the Moldovans there plan particular mobility depending on which they adopt their attitude to their country. On the contrary, more methods for persuading the Moldovans to return home and spend the money here and make investments here should be thought up.
Vadim Pistrinciuc noted roundtable meetings should be initiated with parliamentary groups where there is resistance to the diaspora for discussing the disadvantages of the idea of going against the diaspora. Society should mobilize if this limitation is attempted as those from home have the right to take to the streets, while the national political class is afraid of protests the most.
In the presidential runoff vote of November 15, 262,700 Moldovans voted at the 139 polling stations established abroad, which is an absolute record so far.