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December 4, 2022

PMP’s Tomac asks Foreign Ministry to urgently set up 20 polling stations in Chisinau

Deputy chairman of the People’s Movement Party (PMP) Eugen Tomac said that the four polling stations in the capital of the Republic of Moldova are insufficient for the large number of holders of Romanian citizenship who live in Chisinau, and calls on the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to set up at least 20 such stations for the presidential election this November.
“There are several hundreds of thousands of Romanian citizens in the Republic of Moldova, people who enjoy the same rights and freedoms as any Romanian citizen. How does Mr. Victor Ponta figure that all these Romanian citizens whose numbers run so high can vote [in November’s presidential election] in just four polling places that exist in Chisinau? We call on the Foreign Ministry to promptly set up at least 20 polling stations in the capital of the Republic of Moldova,” Eugen Tomac told a press conference .
According to the PMP deputy, almost half the population of the capital of the Republic of Moldova holds the Romanian citizenship.
“If we take in consideration that since 2009, when the Law on the Romanian citizenship was amended, there have been almost 100,000 grants of citizenship annually, the number of the holders of Romanian ID papers or passport is very high and it seems unjust and unfair to me to seek the vote of the Romanians there but not create the conditions for them to cast their ballots. The four polling stations in Chisinau are definitely insufficient for this,” Eugen Tomac stressed.
MAE: request lacks pertinent motivation
“The Foreign Ministry’s decision on establishing the polling stations abroad was based on the analysis of the way the 2009 presidential election unfolded, as well as on the proposals made by the Romanian diplomatic missions”, Secretary of State with the Foreign Affairs Ministry Radu Podgorean explained Saturday in a release  to AGERPRES.
“This analysis showed that the maximum number of voters was recorded in 2009 and at the following ballots, although a higher number of polling places was ensured, the number of voters witnessed a decrease. Under these circumstances, the Foreign Ministry proposed that the same number of polling stations be organised this year as in 2009,” Podgorean reveals.
In the case of the Republic of Moldova, the cited official adds, the Foreign Ministry considered it was “natural” to propose a “significant” increase by over 50 percent in the number of polling places (from 13 to 21). At the same time, a better territorial distribution thereof was pursued, allowing not only Chisinau holders of Romanian citizenship, but also those from other Moldovan localities to cast their ballots, the Secretary of State underscored.
Podgorean also argues that the request to set up at least 20 polling stations in Chisinau “lacks a pertinent motivation” because it would mean to assume that the number of Romanian citizens in the capital of Moldova has increased 10-fold since the last presidential election, a fact the statistics available with the Romanian state’s competent institutions provide no evidence of.
The Secretary of State mentions that voting security and correctness must also be taken into account at the organization of polling stations outside country borders.

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