Analysis 21 Nov 17

Failed Referendum Deals Blow to Moldova Socialists

The no-show by voters in the capital in a referendum against the city’s pro-EU mayor has revealed the limits of support for the pro-Russian Socialists.

Madalin Necsutu
BIRN
Chisinau
Moldovan President Igor Dodon votes in Sunday's referendum. Photo: Igor Dodon/Facebook

Most voters in Chisinau last Sunday boycotted a referendum on the dismissal of the city’s suspended pro-European mayor, Dorin Chirtoacă, who is on trial for corruption allegations and abuse of power, rendering the vote invalid.

Only 17.54 per cent of the inhabitants of Chisinau who had the right to vote went to the polls, according to the Central Electoral Commission, CEC.

More than 87 per cent of those who voted favoured sacking the mayor.

However, for the vote to be valid, the referendum needed a turnout of at least one-third of the people with voting rights. In the event, only 110,502 of about 650,201 people on the electoral roll participated.

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