Monday, February 16, 2009

Election Season Underway

The preparations for Azerbaijan's upcoming referendum have been relatively uneventful (the only exception is a prominent assassination that is unconnected to the upcoming vote). Azerbaijan's Central Electoral Commission has posted a useful summary of proposed changes to the constitution, including the most notable one: eliminating presidential term limits. The opposition plans to observe the proceedings and may organize protests.

The active campaign period has begun in Moldova, with the CEC beginning party registration. Unlike the CEC in Azerbaijan, Moldova's CEC has not updated its page with information about the 2009 contest. More than two dozen parties are registered with the Ministry of Justice, but it is unlikely that all of these groups will contest seats independently. RFE/RL has posted a brief summary of the issues facing Moldova's voters.

I will follow both votes and post regular updates.

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