Moldova Begins Election Recount
15 Apr 09 | AJE
Officials in Moldova have begun a recount of votes from the country’s disputed parliamentary elections, which the opposition claim was rigged.
Vladimir Voronin, Moldova’s president, called for a recount in response to violent protests that broke out in Chisinau, the capital, after the April 5 elections.
Moldovan officials, escorted by police, carried around 1.5 million ballots across the country on Tuesday morning, which will be counted at more than 2,000 polling stations.
Results will be announced on Friday, an election committee spokesman said.
Moldova’s three main opposition parties said on Tuesday that they would boycott the recount, claiming the elections were rigged before the voting took place.
“Taking part in a recount will only legitimise the result of the elections and prevent us from checking the electoral lists,” they said in a statement. >>>
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