Elections in Moldova: 2020 Presidential Election

A poll worker hands a voter their ballot
A voter receives her ballots at a polling station during Moldova's 2019 parliamentary elections and referendum. © Miroslav Rotari / Sputnik via AP

On Sunday, November 1, Moldovans will directly elect the next president for the first time since 2000 – the result of a 2016 Constitutional Court ruling. The country remains one of the poorest in Europe with minimal economic and job opportunities, challenges that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The election will be an opportunity for voters to weigh in on a variety of domestic and geopolitical challenges and help set the country on a more certain path after a tumultuous 18 months. Out of the eight candidates, the two leading candidates are incumbent President Igor Dodon and Maia Sandu, who will likely compete in a run-off. These two candidates represent divergent geopolitical paths for Moldova.

 To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Moldova: 2020 Presidential Election. IFES FAQs include:

  • Who can vote in this election, and how many registered voters are there?
  • How is the election management body protecting the elections and voters from COVID-19?
  • What is the government doing to strengthen its technology and procedures to resist vulnerabilities and counter malign interference?
  • When will official results be announced?

Learn more about IFES' programs in Europe and Eurasia and follow @IFES_Europe on Twitter.

Additionally, follow IFES' COVID-19 Survival Guide for Democracies and #COVIDxDemocracy for new analysis and innovative solutions during this time of uncertainty.

Published on October 30, 2020.

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