Communist Igor Dodon leads in Chisinau

Controversy over vote counting in R. Moldova

CHISINAU – Communist Igor Dodon is leading mayoral elections in the Moldovan capital of in the Chisinau with 52 per cent of the vote after 99 per cent of the ballots have been counted, the city’s election commission said, Russian news agency RIA Novosty informs. Incumbent Mayor Dorin Chirtoaca holds 43 per cent. At mid-day, the election commission informed that the Communists will have the majority in the local councils.

However the president of the Central Electoral Committee (CEC) Iuri Ciocan told a press conference in the afternoon that he has doubts the results presented by the Chisinau election bureau, Moldpres informs. Therefore he postponed the presentation of the preliminary results for later on Monday. Ciocan argues that at 9 am the CEC data showed that only some 43 per cent of the votes were counted, while Chisinau electoral bureau informed that at 5 am, 99 per cent of votes have been counted.

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