INITIATIVE GROUP URGES PRESIDENT TIMOFTI TO DECREE REFERENDUM ON ACCESSION TO CUSTOMS UNION08.08.2012
Ruslan Barladeanu, Executive Secretary of the initiative group on organization of a referendum on Moldova’s accession to the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, has sent an open letter to Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti requesting him to issue a Decree on holding such referendum in Moldova.
Barladeanu stated at a news conference at Infotag on Wednesday that the recent decision by the Central Election Commission – to annul as many as 197 thousand citizens’ signatures [out of their total number of 236 thousand] raised in support of holding such a referendum – is an obvious mockery at citizens, an infringement on their constitutional rights and ignoring of Article 142 in the Election Code, which reads that referenda are held to realize the people’s power and people’s direct participation in country governance.
Ruslan Barladeanu is inviting President Timofti to become exactly the personality who would put an end to lawlessness taking place in the republic, and would bring Moldova back onto the track of observance of democratic principles.
He voiced confidence that the CEC’s decision was dictated to the Commission in defiance of the Moldovan people’s will because all latest opinion polls are showing that minimum 60% population are standing for joining the Eurasian Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, because citizens feel that in the conditions of a protracted global economic crisis, this is the only way to the country’s economic survival.
“If Nicolae Timofti has courage enough to decree the referendum holding, this will mean that he has passed a test in democracy and has proved that he is an independent political figure in the country.
Ruslan Barladeanu believes that the invalidation of hundreds of thousand signatures was a direct order by the current ruling coalition [Alliance for European Integration] that panics at any expression of the people’s will, and stubbornly drags the nation to the West, not to the East.