Moldova to elect new president

Moldova to elect new president

The second round of presidential election will be held in Moldova on Sunday. Its citizens will have to choose between representatives of the opposition: leader of the Party of Socialists, Igor Dodon, seeking rapprochement with Russia and single candidate of the pro-European forces, head of the Action and Solidarity Party and former Education Minister, Maia Sandu, TASS reports.

According to a survey conducted in the run-up to the second round by Moldova’s Association of Sociologists and Demographics, the election will be won by the leader of the socialists supported by 49.8% of respondents, while 39.7% voiced support for his opponent. These data are close to the results of the first round, in which Dodon secured 47.98% (680,000) of votes, and Sandu got 38.71% (549,000) of votes.

There is no mandatory voter turn-out during the second round. The candidate who gets more votes wins the race. If there is an equal number of votes, Dodon who had the best results in the first round will be recognized as the winner.

About 3.13 million Moldovan voters will be able to cast their votes at 1,981 polling stations, including 100 abroad, which will open at 07:00 and close at 21:00 local time (21:00 Moscow Time).

More than 500 international observers, among them representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the European Union (EU), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and other organizations, will monitor the process.

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