A mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE ODIHR) declared the presidential elections in Moldova, which took place on Sunday, as open, transparent and well-organized, the mission head Arta Dade said at a press conference in Chisinau on Monday.
The mission considers the recent election to be well-managed. The Central Election Commission is open and has organized holding the election in accordance with the law, and despite the citizens' overall distrust in the state institutions, the voters had confidence in the electoral commissions, Dade said.
According to the mission, the first round of the election was well-organized; all key requirements of the legislation were fulfilled.
In the first round of the Moldovan presidential election held on Sunday, the chairman of the pro-Russian Party of Socialists, Igor Dodon, won 48.22% of the votes and Maia Sandu, the united candidate from the pro-European opposition, won 38.42%. In total, Dodon was favored by 678,839 voters, Sandu by 540,432. These are preliminary results after processing of 99.42% of the protocols from polling stations.