Taken Question
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
August 7, 2009

Question: What does the Department of State know about harassment of election observers during the elections in Moldova?

Answer: European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations observers, who received support from the National Democratic Institute, arrived to monitor the July 29 parliamentary elections at the invitation of the Moldovan Government.

We regret the actions of the Government of Moldova to deny access to election monitors. We have been in contact with senior government officials and asked that they take steps to rectify this situation for the future.

Conducting free and fair elections that meet Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe commitments is important for Moldova’s future as it pursues a path of European integration. International and domestic election observation is a normal part of the democratic process.

PRN: 2009/813