CHISINAU, October 31. /TASS/. Igor Dodon, the leader of Moldova’s Party of Socialists which favor closer relations with Russia, and Maia Sandu, the leader of the European Union-leaning Party of Action and Solidarity, will take part in runoff election in Moldova.
After counting 99% of ballots, the country's election commission announced that Dodon had scored 48,6%, while Sandu had 38,03%.
To secure victory in the first round, a candidate needed to gain 50% plus one vote. The preliminary results show that a second round of the presidential elections will have to be conducted, it is scheduled to be held two weeks after the first round on November 13.
According to the country’s Central Election Commission, Dmitry Chubashenko, the presidential candidate from "Our Party", who supports closer relations with Russia, came third gaining 6.01% of the vote. Former Prime Minister Iurie Leanca received 3.1%, while Liberal Party Chairman Mihai Ghimpu who seeks Moldova’s unification with Romania, got 1.8%. Other presidential candidates gained even less votes, with their results coming in a range of statistical uncertainty.
Turnout for the presidential elections was 48.97%.