Friday, May 10, 2013

Moldova Mixed Electoral System Law Repealed

A few days ago (May 3), a majority made up of the Party of Communists and Liberal Democratic Party in Moldova's parliament repealed the new law instituting a mixed electoral system. According to iMedia, an ad hoc committee determined that the law would violate constitutional provisions guaranteeing voting rights and its adoption did not comply with parliamentary rules of procedure. On the same day, parliament adopted a bill increasing the electoral threshold; it will now be 6% for parties (up from 4%) and 9% for electoral blocs (up from 7%). The president signed off on this change yesterday, as well as some other institutional reforms. One controversial change, permitting the ouster of Constitutional Court justices, was returned to parliament for further consideration.

HT to iMedia.

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