Declaration of the Party of the European Left regarding the inadmissibility of changing the electoral system in the Republic of Moldova while having no broad national consensus on the proposed reform
In April 2016 the Party of the European Left noted with deep concern the process of rapid backsliding on democracy in the Republic of Moldova. One year ago we stated that the control over the absolute majority of state institutions in this country has been concentrated in the hands of a narrow group of individuals, a fact that could be qualified as usurpation of power. Since then the situation in Moldova has not been improved.
It is clear for us the ruling Democratic party tries to find methods in order to keep the control over the country after the next parliamentary elections. The idea to change the electoral system is considered by the Democratic party as the most efficient way to retain power and thus to avoid the responsibility for all they’ve done while capturing Republic of Moldova.
We consider it to be an unacceptable situation when a draft law on such an important question as changing the electoral system to be adopted having no broad national consensus on the proposed reform. The absolute majority of parliamentary and non-parliamentary parties in Moldova strongly support the idea to maintain the current proportional electoral system and in the same time they do specify the necessity to create conditions in order to have the next parliamentary elections fair and democratic ones, with no oligarch influence on the state institutions.
We pay attention to the recent joint opinion of the Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR on the proposed draft. It has a clear critical message that such a fundamental change is not advisable this time because the proposed changes raise serious concerns in the current political context.
We call on the Moldovan authorities, the authors to refuse this idea and to revoke the draft law on changing the electoral system. It is important to listen to the voices of the majority of representatives of the political class, of opposition parties, experts, and international structures. Modern society cannot be under the dictate of one party or a narrow group of individuals for a long period of time. Sooner or later, the dictatorship leads to a social and political crisis and even catastrophes.
The Party of the European Left calls on the European institutions to be strict and principled arbitrator in this important issue for Moldova. Preservation and development of democracy, freedom and political pluralism in the republic is one of the main missions of the EU structures. Refusal or inability to help the Moldovan society to get rid of the phenomenon of the captured state will have an extremely negative impact on the image of European institutions and European principles in general.
Approved by the EL - Executive Board
Brussels, 25 June 2017