Voting at Moldova’s parliamentary elections is over as polling stations closed at 21:00 local time (22:00 Moscow time), chairman of the Central Election Commission Iurie Ciocan said on Sunday.
According to preliminary results, the voter turnout exceeded 51.2% some two hours before the end of voting, which was however by four percent less than at the previous parliamentary elections in 2010. The lower limit of the voter turnout for the elections to be recognized as valid is 33.3% of the 2,803,120 eligible voters.
“In general, we can see a correct election process, with relatively high turnout. According to police reports, there were no serious violations,” Ciocan said.
Commenting on the situation in Moscow, where thousands of Moldovans queued at the polling station to have a chance to cast their votes, he said closing hour might be postponed by one of two hours in case there were ballot papers left. “The voting time might be prolonged but only in case it is necessary and if there are ballot papers. Each polling station outside Moldova received 3,000 copies. When all of them are used, the polling station is closed,” he said.