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Al Jazeera English Moldova recount sees Communist win

A recount of legislative elections in Moldova, called after mass protests against the result, has confirmed the ruling Communist Party's landslide victory of April 5, the country's election commission says.

The results of the April 5 election gave the ruling party of Vladimir Voronin, the country's president, 60 out of 101 seats in parliament.

It fell just one short of the 61 needed for the party to fully control the selection of the next president.

Moldova's liberal opposition parties declared they would lodge an appeal against the recount in the country's highest court, claiming voting lists were swollen with 400,000 extra people who were either dead or living abroad.
by Sassafras on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 02:33:13 PM EST
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Communist victory confirmed in Moldova poll recount | International | Reuters

CHISINAU (Reuters) - Moldova's ruling Communist party was again declared the winner on Tuesday in the ex-Soviet state's disputed parliamentary election, in a recount ordered after violent protests against the initial result.

Iurie Ciocan, Secretary of the Central Election Commission, said the results differed little from the original figures issued after the April 5 election, which gave the Communists just short of 50 percent of the vote.

"The difference between the recount and original count is not significant," Ciocan told reporters after a Commission meeting.

He read out figures showing the Communists far ahead with more than 760,000 votes of 1.556 million cast in the country wedged between Ukraine and European Union member Romania.

Ciocan gave no percentages of the vote for each party.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 04:59:08 PM EST
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voting lists were swollen with 400,000 extra people who were either dead or living abroad.
In Chicago, no doubt, where there is a long tradition of active voting from graveyards, although many other cities could contest for pride of place here.

In the southern US it was long a tradition to vote for recently departed relatives.  This was facilitated by the custom of allowing the head of the household to cast votes for family members who were registered but could make it to the polls--adult children still living at home and the elderly, in particular.  A sort of extended, informal absentee ballot.   After all, the reasoning went, we know how (s)he would have voted. An aunt who was born in 1903 in rural Oklahoma told me of her father coming home and telling her: "I voted today, and I voted for you too."  She responded: "How did I vote?" "Democrat" he said.  "Of course" she said.  This was during the '20s

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 12:48:09 AM EST
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Landslide Lyndon (LBJ) in Texas; notorious for that stuff.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 08:46:02 AM EST
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There's a joke in Israel that says that people whose last name is Cohen are not allowed to vote in Orthodox neighbourhoods in the middle of the day - that's when the dead people vote...
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 04:42:14 PM EST
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