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Presidential elections took place in the Republic of Moldova on 30 October and 13 November 2016.
According to the preliminary conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission, the elections were competitive, with respect for fundamental freedoms. Technical preparations for the second round were generally administered professionally and, overall, the observers assessed election day procedures positively. However, polarised media coverage, harsh and intolerant rhetoric, lack of transparency in campaign financing and abuse of administrative resources detracted from the process. Many citizens abroad or from Transnistria were unable to vote because the ballots allocated to their respective polling stations proved insufficient. All the shortcomings identified by the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission should be addressed, based on OSCE/ODIHR recommendations in view of future elections.
The European Union has been closely following the electoral campaign and the election itself, including the publication of the preliminary results of the vote count. The electoral process will be concluded once the Constitutional Court has validated the final outcome.
The European Union is committed to working with the authorities of the Republic of Moldova in support of the reform process that is at the core of our Association Agreement, in particular as regards fighting corruption, ensuring the independence of the judiciary, de-politicising the state institutions and reforming the administration. In this spirit, the European Union is also looking forward to working with the elected President.
The President, the Government and the Parliament will need to work together to undertake the necessary reform steps in the interest of all citizens of the Republic of Moldova.