CHISINAU, June 28. /TASS/. The second round of elections to the local government bodies has got underway in Moldova, where heads of 457 of 809 populated localities are to be elected. The Central Election Commission told TASS that the voting had begun at 06:00 local time (07:00 Moscow Time). The polling stations will close at 21:00 local time (22:00 Moscow Time).
The Central Election Committee is planning to announce the first preliminary results at 22:00 local time (23:00 Moscow Time).
The main intrigue of the elections is unfolding in the capital Chisinau where a third of the country's population resides and the bulk of its economic potential is concentrated.
The elections will be monitored by more than 100 observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, as well as 2,000 local observers. No violations that could affect the results of the voting were registered during the first round.