Moldova votes in general election
Moldova is voting in its general election today where the pro-European parties are pitched against the pro-Russian Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova.
The election will be held under a list proportional representation system with a single national constituency for all 101 seats in the Parliament of Moldova. There are 19 political blocs and four independents standing in the election. There is a sliding scale for the threshold to parliament; a single party needs 6% of the vote, two parties in coalition need 9%, three parties needs 11% and independents need 2%.
There are approximately 3.2 million registered voters but 200,000 live in Transnistria where they are usually unable to vote unless they attend special polling stations. There are 90,000 Moldovans who will vote abroad in 95 polling stations and there are1,978 polling stations in Moldova which will be open between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
In the 2010 general election the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (PCRM) emerged as the largest party with 42 seats but were unable to form a government.
The centre-right Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (PLDM) came second with 32 seats and formed a pro-European coalition government with the centre-left Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM) which had 15 seats and the centre-right Liberal Party (PL) which took 12 seats. The Liberal Party left the coalition and went into opposition in 2013 but continued to support the government on pro-EU matters.