Today, December 17, 2021, the Vice President of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC), Pavel Postica, participated in an event in online format, entitled "Electoral Code Reform: Priorities and Areas of Intervention", organized by the Institute for European Policies and Reforms , in partnership with the Civic Coalition for Free and Fair Elections.
The CEC Vice-President mentioned that one of the key priorities of the current composition of the Commission, since taking office, is to improve the legal framework. In this regard, several steps have been taken, in line with the Commission's public commitments. The working group was created to identify the basic concepts of the reform, and later, in the first stage, they will be submitted to the experts and development partners for analysis and verification on the technical, apolitical dimension. At the beginning of next year, the Commission intends to finalize the project and launch public debates with the involvement of all stakeholders or stakeholders. Subsequently, the draft law will be submitted to the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.
Pavel Postica expressed his confidence that such discussions are a good start for achieving this goal and reiterated the electoral authority's commitment to reforming electoral legislation. Although he is still in the process of drafting, he noted that the main issues to be addressed by the electoral reform are the permanence of electoral bodies, the clarification of the mandate and composition of CEC members, the transparency of campaign financing and the strengthening of CEC control over the political financing segment. Other relevant aspects are related to the implementation of alternative voting methods, the digitization of the electoral process but also the clarification of the mechanism for resolving electoral disputes.
The participants in the event also addressed the important issues from their point of view regarding the modification of the structure and the mandate of the Commission, as well as the permanence of the lower electoral bodies. The participants referred to and presented their conceptual visions on ensuring the transparency of the financing of political parties and electoral campaigns, the resolution of electoral disputes, the coverage of elections by the media, but also the opportunity to implement alternative voting methods.
The discussions ended with a question and answer session, where those present expressed their own vision on the reform of electoral legislation.