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24.04.2007 START GIVEN. WHO WILL BE FIRST AT FINISH POST? Part 2. *(Infotag’s political commentary.)

Part 2 of 2. Candidates Are Many, Victory Will Be After the Strongest One.

Incumbent Acting Chisinau Mayor Veaceslav Iordan, who is said to have been proposed as candidate for mayor by President Vladimir Voronin himself, will certainly do his utmost to justify the high trust. Iordan has been assigned a very responsible mission to fulfill: to conquer the only bastion, which the ruling Communist Party had so far failed to win in elections – the Chisinau Municipality. Veaceslav Iordan realizes he will either get rid of the annoying “Acting” status, or will sink into the political oblivion. To fully concentrate on the critical work, he tendered a temporary resignation from the Acting Mayor position, to which he was appointed by the President several months ago.

The 29-year-old Liberal Dorin Chirtoaca, elated with his unexpected success in 2005, is resolute to give a battle to all. Chirtoaca, like every candidate anyway, claims he is sure of his victory, though this time his chances are substantially lower than 2 years ago. This June 3, the voter turnout is expected to be much higher than in 2005, when Chirtoaca enjoyed the backing by his “support group” – mostly the student youth, and by that part of Chisinau citizens who always take part in all elections.

The 35% ballots he received in the best of 4 election attempts in 2005 impressed and shocked many, though that figure was provided to him by a fairly small number of voters who went to the polls then. This year, the competition will be much tougher, so he can hardly count on polling more.

This time, the Liberals will have to beat not only their main rivals from the Communist and Social Democratic camps but their own colleagues as well. This summer, the place under the Liberal sun will be contested also by National Liberal Party leader, independent MP Vitalia Pavlicenco and by Corneliu Ciurea of the Social Liberal Party. May be when it comes to counting the number of ballots and the money spent, they all will feel pity over a lack of political wisdom and their failure to support one common Liberal candidate.

Besides the above-mentioned personalities, this segment of the electoral field will see also several more parties, not to mentioned independent candidates. And each will be trying to grasp his or her piece of the Liberal pie, for instance Zinaida Zorina of the Conservative Party, Ion Mereuta of the Party of the Humanists, and, perhaps, some of yet unannounced candidates.

A certain part of the Chisinau electorate is being aspired by the parliamentary oppositional Moldova Noastra Alliance that has nominated MP Leonid Bujor as its candidate. MNA leader Serafim Urechean, an ex-Mayor of Chisinau for more than a decade, has come to realize that it is not worthwhile to run for the post which he abandoned voluntarily only 2 years ago, having preferred a parliamentary mandate to it. But Leonid Bujor, though he had been Pretor of the Chisinau’s Central Sector for some time, is not so well known to broad masses of citizens to hope for a big success. If Bujor receives the same sluggish support by the Alliance as did the MNA candidate Mircea Rusu in 2005, he should not count even on passing to the second round of elections.

Initially, the voices of the Right and liberally-minded electorate were sought also by the [Nicolae Andronic’s] People’s Republican Party. But if the present-day forecasts – that the party is going to nominate former Deputy Mayor Svetlana Myslitskaya as the PRP candidate – come true, she will rather become a really strong irritator to the Left electorate as well.

Situation is no easier in the Social Democratic camp. The Social Democratic Party and the Democratic Party were among the first to officially nominate candidates – Eduard Musuc and MP Vladimir Filat, respectively. They have enough resources for the struggle, though much fewer chances for success, bearing in mind that this segment will become an arena of a grave competition. There are several forces that have not said their word yet – the Party of Social Democracy, the Centrist Union, and potential ‘centrists’ from among the independent.

The Social Democrats will try to harvest the ballots of “protester voters”, both right and left, who dislike the current authorities in the republic. At the same time, the Left electorate will be sought by the so-called ‘traditional Left’, who are now working to occupy the niche vacated by the ruling Communist Party, which has shifted closer to the center. These traditional Left have made certain conclusions from their past defeats: the Ravnopraviye [Equal Rights] Socio-Political Movement and the Patria-Rodina Union have formed the so-far only voting bloc, and have nominated Valentin Krylov as their common candidate.

But there exist yet other indispensable election participants such as the Labor Union, the Socialist Party and other. All of them, like the liberals, keep on looking for the most happy way of waging their electoral struggle, and are not in a hurry to get united around a common candidate.

The extreme Left strongly believe that the left-minded electorate has got deeply disappointed with the Communists, “who have betrayed the sacred ideas and have united with the extreme Right”. These forces are working to consolidate their relative success of 2005, and even if they fail to win in some localities, they are preparing soil for winning some 7-10 seats in parliament in 2009.

The current Parliament has lowered the electoral threshold to the forum from 6% down to 4%. This step is raising parties’ chances and, at the same time, is not stimulating the formation of voting blocs or coalitions. Perhaps this new lower threshold will be of help not only to some of the presently extra-parliamentary forces but, may be, even to the parliamentary Christian Democratic Popular Party, which is being in far from its best days. In due time, namely in 2000, the then confident CDPP voted resolutely for a higher electoral barrier to parliament, but already in 2005 it was among the initiators of the lower, 4% threshold.

The CDPP stands aloof on the political arena, being in a constant quest for something. Two years have passed since when these former unbending anti-Communists had formed an alliance with their recent mortal enemies – the Communist Party. But the frontists [the previous name of the CDPP’s was the Popular Front] seem to be still unable to offer their supporters a sound explanation of such an extravagant step, and their arguments about a political stability and a consensus in the country sound less and less convincing to their former electorate.

The CDPP, which has traditionally had a higher popularity rating in the capital city then in the republic’s average, will have to stand a very serious exam next June 3. The exam is to provide an answer who is actually right – political observers, who maintain that the Christian Democrats have lost many of their former supporters, or the CDPP leader Iurie Rosca, who keeps on claiming his party has acquired much new force.

The CDPP has thought hard all these months preceding the 2007 local elections. The party even had doubts about the expediency of nominating its candidate for Chisinau Mayor. However, a refusal to partake in an election does not make honor to any political organization. Iurie Rosca has said many a time, “Parties exist exactly to fight for power and take part in elections”.

In such a situation, the Christian Democratic Popular Party, which backs the ruling Communist Party in parliament as well as in the Chisinau Municipal Council [city legislature], has eventually decided to nominate a candidate of its own – Alexandru Corduneanu, a Deputy Mayor of Chisinau at the moment. He received this high post only very recently in the result of a “political consensus”. So far, he has not manifested himself in whatever particular work achievements in the city, and the electoral result he is going to receive will be the de-facto answer to the question about the CDPP’s present-day popularity rating in Chisinau.

The forthcoming elections will be important for all: international organizations want to see that Moldova has not turned from the democracy path and is still able to hold democratic and free elections; the Moldovan authorities are seeking to prove to the foreigners that things here are developing precisely in such a democratic way, and that the Communists’ assurances concerning the European integration are not just empty words; the grassroots are interested in electing a really efficient local government; and the Central Election Commission, formed in the result of the same ‘political consensus’, is eager to prove it is a workable organ controlling the electoral process all right.

As for political parties, their interests were described above in this commentary. Extra-parliamentary parties can afford the using of the forthcoming elections as morning exercises. They are free to experiment, and may try various solutions to determine the most efficient variants for the 2009 parliamentary elections. However, this is the kind of luxury unaffordable to the Communist Party, the Moldova Noastra Alliance, and the Christian Democratic Popular Party. To them, victory (particularly in Chisinau) is a matter of honor, whereas a failure may become the beginning of the end – of a future political collapse.

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