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Local Elections 2003
2003 general local elections were conducted in line with the Law on Administrative-Territorial Division of the Republic of Moldova no. 764-XV, of December 27, 2001, which replaced counties with rayons. To comply with the new administrative-territorial division of the country, Central Electoral Commission ruled on the establishment of 37 second-level electoral constituencies.
Thirteen electoral contestants, including two electoral blocs, ran in May - June 2003 elections for the local councils and mayoralties.
Eight contestants competed for the Chisinau Mayor seat, out of them six represented a political party or electoral bloc and only two were independent candidates.
Given that in 397 electoral constituencies none of the candidates gathered an absolute majority, the second round of elections was held on June 8, 2003. Because of violations of the Electoral Code registered in 14 localities, repeated elections were held On June 8, 22 and July 6. In three localities second round of mayor elections were held on June 22.
In the general local elections were elected: 898 first level city and village councils (average turnout 63.45%), and 35 second level municipal and rayon councils (average turnout 58.26%). About 16% of the elected mayors are women.
The highest number of councilors and mayors mandate received the following parties, in a decreasing order: Communist Party, Electoral bloc "Social-Liberal Alliance - Moldova Noastra", Democratic Party of Moldova, Christian-Democratic Peoples' Party, and Electoral Bloc "Social Democratic Party - Social Liberal Party".