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General regulations on elections for the People’s Assembly of Gagauzia

The People’s Assembly of Gagauzia is elected within maximum three months after the mandate of the precedent People’s Assembly is over.

The People’s Assembly of Gagauzia (Gagauzianin Halk Toplusu) is made of 35 lawmakers elected for a 4-year mandate in uninominal territorial districts through a universal, equal, direct and free vote. Any citizen of the Republic of Moldova, eligible to vote, who reached the age of 21 years by and on election day, resides the area of the electoral district to represent may be elected member of the Gagauz People’s Assembly.

Under the local law on elections for the People’s Assembly, the right to raise candidates is awarded as follows:

Parties and other social-political organisations can propose by one candidate each in every electoral district. The same person cannot compete in different districts.

The runoff vote is held if none of candidates garnered more than half of the valid votes in the first round of the scrutiny. The runoff vote is held within two weeks after the first round, and two candidates who garnered most of the votes attend it.

Repeat elections take place within two weeks after null or invalid elections. The candidate who gained more than half of the valid votes is declared winner of repeat elections.

New elections are held when repeat elections are null or invalid; one or two candidates took part in elections and none of them won more than half of the valid votes of participants in the scrutiny; the member of the People’s Assembly was not elected at the runoff vote or repeat elections.

Status of People’s Assembly of Gagauzia

The People’s Assembly is the representative and legislative authority of the autonomy in charge with: