Voting is barely over in Moldova’s parliamentary election yet disputes over the result have already begun. The outgoing President Vladimir Voronin says he will accept any result announced by the Central Election Commission. However, he said exit polls showing a win for the opposition amounted to nothing but “amateur guesswork”.
Partial results suggest that with 76 percent of ballots counted, Voronin’s Communists have so far only got 45 percent of the vote – translating into 49 seats in the 101-member parliament. This would mean they are unlikely to muster the 61 seats needed to elect a new President.The opposition are also closely watching the vote count, with observers placed at most polling stations across the country. The leader of the Liberal Democrats Vlad Filat says they will not accept the official results if they differ from the opposition’s own parallel count.