According to AGERPRES special correspondent Ionut Mares, regardless of who will be the democratically elected president of the Republic of Moldova, Romania will want to have ‘fair’ and ‘of principle’ relations, based on which we can consolidate cooperation, Romania’s Ambassador in Chisinau Daniel Ionita said in an interview to AGERPRES on Monday, one day after the first round of the presidential elections of the Republic of Moldova.
“As far as we are concerned, the result should be only one: regardless of who will be the democratically elected president of the Republic of Moldova, Romania will want to have fair and of principle relations, based on which all the forms of cooperation can be continued and consolidated,” the diplomat said.
Ionita said that the Republic of Moldova represents a “perennial strategic priority” of Romania and the only path it should follow is “the European path, the path generating not only the so much needed stability, but also the prosperity desired for all the citizens.”
Socialist Party candidate, pro-Russian Igor Dodon, and pro-European candidate of the Action and Solidarity Party, Maia Sandu, will compete in the second round of the presidential elections of the Republic of Moldova.
According to the preliminary results presented on Monday by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC), after the almost 99.5 percent of the data of the proceedings reports of polling stations were centralised, Dodon obtained the most votes in the first round of Sunday’s presidential ballot, 48.23 percent. Maia Sandu was voted by 38.42 percent of those who turned up at the polling stations.
Daniel Ionita said that the first round of the presidential elections on Sunday represented “a test of the democratic maturity which the Republic of Moldova must prove.”
He voiced himself as being impressed with “the very good procedures which the Central Electoral Commission implemented to organise the elections.”
“The candidacy of a significant number of people [nine candidates remained in the end] proves, on the one hand, the citizens’ interest in electing a president. On the other hand, it means that there are alternatives in the society, which is also a sign of a political maturity which we hope that the Republic of Moldova has reached,” the diplomat said.
“The elections were organised at the end of a long period of political instability, a period, however, that has changed since the since this year’s beginning, since when we have witnessed a much better cooperation, a much better collaboration among the political players in charge in the Republic of Moldova. Without this good cooperation between the Government and Parliament, with the direct involvement of the authorised voices from the civil society, we don’t believe yesterday’s ballot would have been possible,” he also underscored.
The ambassador also said that, from what he has noticed, the election process in the Republic of Moldova “has fully observed all the democratic standards and norms.”
The procedures implemented worked very well and they can be set as examples for other states, included. We have all been impressed with the celerity with which the CEC released the results and also with the full transparency proven all over the ballot day, presenting relevant statistics in real time, statistics than mentioned not only how many citizens turned up for voting, but also the age and gender brackets. Certainly, at the end of the day, all these statistical data concluded on some very fair interpretation keys. In fact, the number of the citizens who turned up to vote corresponded to the number of paper ballots found in the ballot boxes,” Ionita said./IBNA