Oct. 30, 2016 Held

Moldova, Republic of

Republic of Moldova

Election for Moldovan Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:1,432,753
Valid Votes:1,408,922
Invalid Votes:23,831

Vote Share by Candidate:

Igor DODON679,412


Maia SANDU541,455


Dumitru CIUBASENCO84,970


Iurie LEANCA43,810


Mihai GHIMPU25,329


Valeriu GHILETCHI15,261


Maia LAGUTA10,612


Silvia RADU5,637


Ana GUTU2,436

Election Results Modified: Oct 31, 2016

General Information

Republic of Moldova: President, 30 October 2016

At stake in this election:

  • The office of the President of the Moldova

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Nicolae TIMOFTI (since 23 March 2012)[1]
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Pavel FILIP (since 20 January 2016)
  • Assembly: Moldova has a unicameral Parliament composed of 101 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The president of Moldova is directly elected, in two rounds if needed, for a 4-year term with eligibility for a second term.

Last Election:

  • The last presidential election was held on 16 March 2012. Independent candidate Nicolae TIMOFTI was elected president by members of parliament with 61.4% of the vote.

Note: The presidential election in 2016 will be the first direct election for the president of Moldova since 1996. The Constitutional Court ruled that a revision to the constitution allowing members of parliament to elect the president was unconstitutional.

Main candidates in the election:

  • Igor DODON
    • Party: Socialist Party/Partidul Socialiștilor din Republica Moldova
  • Vladimir PLAHOTNIUC
    • Party: Democratic Party/Partidul Democrat din Moldova
  • Mihai GHIMPU
    • Party: Liberal Party/Partidul Liberal
  • Maia SANDU
    • Party: Action and Solidarity Party/Partidul Acțiune și Solidaritate
  • Andrei NĂSTASE
    • Party: Dignity and Truth/Partidul Platforma Demnitate şi Adevăr
  • Marian LUPU
    • Party: Democratic Party of Moldova/Partidul Democrat din Moldova
  • Iurie IEANCĂ
    • Party: European People’s Party of Moldova/Partidul Popular European din Moldova
  • Dumitru CIUBAŞENCO
    • Party: Our Party/Partidul Nostru
  • Valeriu GHILEŢCHI
    • Party: Independent

Population and number of registered voters:

·         Population: 3,546,847 (July 2015 est.)

·         Registered Voters: 2,956,270 (2014)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,821,344 (July 2015 est.)

·         Is Moldova a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Moldova ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (1 July 1994)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 21 (20.79%)

·         Human Development Index Position: 107

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low

Disability Data:

·         Is Moldova a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Moldova ratified CRPD: Yes (21 September 2010)

·         Population with a disability: 532,027 (est.)

[1] President TIMOFTI’s term of office ended on 23 March 2016, but he continues to act as president until a new president is elected and sworn into office. 

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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