The first citizen of the Republic of Moldova voted in Tokyo, Japan. It is about the young Mircea Eni, who voted shortly after midnight (local time of the Republic of Moldova). According to the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Japan, Mircea Eni studied Harvard, and is currently working for a famous Japanese architecture and design company.
A few hours later, Aleea Alexandru and the Old Center of Bucharest were filled with voters in general of the same profile. Thousands of citizens of the Republic of Moldova settled in Bucharest or in the cities around the Capital formed queues of about 300-500 meters. A sea of calm, patient and respectful people with the sanitary norms in force. And young people – many of them students, others already employed and new fathers and mothers who came with their little ones in their arms. Here and there, you can also see a parent visiting children or moving closer to them.
Citizens of the Republic of Moldova boldly waiting to cast their vote PHOTO Ion Gaidău
“Hope for change” is the expectation of order detached from the crowd. “Responsibility” is also part of the mobilizing momentum, as well as the desire for a “healthier Moldova”, according to a young entrepreneur who does not rule out returning home one day.
The queue in the Old Center stretched at one point to Calea Victoriei PHOTO Ion Gaidău
The queues have been formed abroad since the opening of the ballot boxes, at 07.00 depending on the local time. In some cities, such as Parma in northern Italy, voters gathered at 5 a.m. local time two hours before the polls opened.
“That’s why Parma asked for two polling stations, and Italy 60”, reproaches a voter next to some images from the spot.
Images that show a huge queue, just like in Rome, Milan, London, Frankfurt, etc. It is an electorate that works hard and invests heavily at home (15% of GDP) in the hope of returning to a “European Moldova”. In fact, some voters in Italy can be seen carrying the EU flag in addition to that of the Republic of Moldova.
Moldovans waiting to vote abroad Facebook / Digore Eduard PHOTOS
“People who know what it means to be a wanderer, to be a stranger! Well, they probably know more about their country than they do. But, now is the time to join forces and efforts, today we are starting a new beginning! ”, comments Digore Eduard under the hashtag #diasporafrumoasa.
Queue formed before polling stations opened Facebook / Digore Eduard PHOTOS
The message for joining forces has been circulating abroad, especially after the first round. And it has borne fruit, as shown by the data provided by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of the Republic of Moldova. Thus, the number of citizens of the Republic of Moldova who cast their vote in the second round at the polling stations abroad was, at 12.00, almost three times higher than in the first round held two weeks ago.
The vice-president of the CEC, Vladimir Şarban, declared, in a press conference, that in the 139 polling stations abroad, over 78,000 voters voted, until 12.00, in the conditions in which in the first round until the same hour they had expressed options 28,000 people.
“Abroad is a mobilization in the West, in Europe I mean. We have states where crowds are registered at some polling stations, such as Belgium, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Israel. We have quite large ranks in Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, London, but there is a massive presence in the other polling stations and also in the Russian Federation, “said Sarban.
In the first round, 149,840 Moldovan citizens voted abroad, a record number compared to previous elections. Over 70% of the vote (104,605) was for Maia Sandu, the candidate of the Action and Solidarity Party, and only 3.65% (5,439) for her opponent in the second round, incumbent President Igor Dodon.