Sergiu Sirbu responds to Maia Sandu's criticism regarding uninominal vote

The Democrat (PDM) Sergiu Sirbu responds to PAS leader Maia Sandu’s critique of the uninominal voting she made in a TV show, on his Facebook page.

"Mrs. Sandu Maia criticized the bill on the uninominal voting mentioning as many as three allegedly ‘dubious’ elements. So, one criticizes that the authors propose the following: 

- a possible revision of the constituency boundaries to be allowed 90 days before the elections the latest; 
- courts may call off the law-maker; 
- why one-round voting and who will be favored.

If these are all Mrs. Sandu’s objections, we’d be glad to have had in the working group where she may have learnt the following:

  1. In all the states, regardless of their electoral systems, where there are more than one electoral constituency, the authorities delineate the constituency boundaries. This is done because of the mere reason that after an electoral cycle of 4 or 5 years, the electoral lists are subjected to change. People will change residence, some leave for good, some die, others come in, etc. The boundaries of the electoral constituencies are always updated before plebiscites. 

 Thus, in order to observe the basic territorial-demographic principle and the relative equality among constituencies, there will always be a need to revise the constituency boundaries. But! Namely not to allow abuses on behalf of authorities, the 90-day deadline has been provided. 

Why are no risks there? Because nominating candidates starts but 60 days before the poll day and the other electoral procedures take place only within this term. 

Thus, in the moment when Maia Sandu decides in which constituency she wants to become an MP elected by the people, the game rules will be clear, the constituencies determined without any right of revision!

  1. It’s either Mrs. Sandu or the person, who read the bill for her, confusing something, or she missed about 2 pages. No court calls off the MPs, but the people. The people electing their law-maker. All the court will do is to register the initiative group calling for a revocation referendum and this procedure already exists in the rules of organizing any local referendum!

The authors invented nothing here. The argument is simple. At this stage there are no constituency electoral councils. But an authority is bound to check up the procedures. The court has all the legal leverage. The court will just certify the legal procedures, namely to avoid political abuses. The final decision will be taken by the people regarding the worthiness of the deputy to keep the seat or not! 

I am sorry if Mrs. Sandu considers I’m lecturing her in law, it’s not my purpose, I only urge her to read all the pages of the bill and analyze them, namely not to place herself in the situation of exposes herself superficially. The debate is important for us and we want to have partners as informed as possible, so as to get out with a better draft from these discussions.

  1. Why one round only? 

We can ask with the same success why it is so in the USA or the UK and in other states from the Anglo-Saxon community and not only. 

The authors propose the uninominal vote by relative majority considering it the most objective test of the people’s trust in a candidate, without any backstage game leading the electorate into error. I really don’t understand Mrs. Sandu’s fear: does she have any doubts she may gain the simple majority in a constituency?

Citing a show on Discovery Chanel – the myths are busted! 

At the same time, if Mrs. Sandu has more questions, the invitation for public debates over this move stays open! We are waiting for you to listen to your critique and let’s discuss it," Sergiu Sirbu posted.

PUBLIKA.MD menţionează că un sondaj realizat de compania Intellect Group arată că aproximativ 80 la sută dintre cetățeni se pronunță în favoarea alegerii directe a deputaților.

Votul uninominal este aplicat în mai multe țări dezvoltate, inclusiv în SUA și Marea Britanie.


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