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December 2006 Election of Gagauz Governor. General Presentation

The December 2006 election of the Governor (Bashkan) of Gagauzia (Gagauz Yeri) was the 4th electoral competition of this kind held in the Gagauz autonomy.

Three electoral constituencies were created in the districts of Comrat, Ceadir-Lunga and Vulcanesti in UTA Ggauzia to organise the elections.

The elections were organised in two rounds. The first round took place on December 3, 2006 and the runoff vote was held on December 17, 2006.

Four electoral contestants, Gheorghe Tabunscic, Nicolai Dudoglo, Alexandru Stoianoglo and Mihail Formuzal, attended the first round of the elections. All of them participated in the electoral race as independent candidates. The turnout of the December 3 round was 62.6 percent (57,177 electors). Gheorghe Tabunscic gained 13,745 votes (24.14 percent); Nicolai Dudoglo won 17,880 votes (31.40 percent); Alexandru Stoianoglo got 6,025 votes (10.58 percent); and Mihail Formuzal gained 19,297 votes (33.89 percent). Mihail Formuzal and Nicolai Dudoglo, the first two leading candidates, succeeded to the runoff voting, as none of the candidates gained more than half of the votes of electors who attended the elections.

The turnout of the December 17 runoff vote was 64.3 percent (59,220 out of 92,108 electors included in the voters’ rolls). Mihail Formuzal garnered 32,890 votes (56.23 percent) and Nicolai Dudoglo won 25,603 votes (43.77 percent). Therefore, Mihail Formuzal was declared winner and invested as Governor of Gagauzia on December 29, 2006.

National (LADOM-API-ADEPT consortium and Civic Initiative of Gagauzia Coalition) and international experts monitored the 2006 election of Gagauz Governor. Observers concluded that the elections were generally in compliance with principles of free and fair elections. Also, it was noted that better administrative and campaign conditions were generally ensured for the runoff vote, unlike the first round of elections.

General regulations on elections of the Governor of Gagauzia