• Tatiana Popa

Is there Democracy in Moldova?

As part of eTwinning Weeks campaign 2019, exploring the Democratic Participation theme, I established as one of our Heritage school’s actions to write opinions about democracy in our country. Here’s what my students in grade 7 have written:

“Democracy is the belief in freedom and equality between people.The democracy in Moldova is not different from that in other countries because we also have a parliament and elections. It is a democratic country, as MPs want to make our country more beautiful  by organising a lot of concerts, marathons, wine day, organizing events for city days etc.They try to help the families that are poor, dogs and homeless people. In our country democracy is making sometimes our country worse: people protest, asking why leaders can’t make our streets better and remove the billboards from roads? They don’t think about it!! And they don’t care what we think about it ! If they ask us what is better for us and take care of the people, we will have more people that will come to Moldova that will be loving and admirable!!” (Lorena, Ecaterina,aged 13)

“Democracy is a universally recognized ideal and is one of the core values and principles of the United Nations.Democracy for me is a very important thing and a very good future start. It provides an environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights.Some of my classmates think that is good to have a democracy , but someone say that isn’t a good idea to have a democracy.”

“Democracy is important, especially in the contemporary world where people can develop their own opinions and when they are aware of their basic human rights. Secondly ,democracy allows public participation in decision making,they can raise their opinions regarding their needs,grievances and so on and that basis, policies are formulated.

Why is it that in the real world people are fighting dieing for democracy. Yet in a game we are happy to put up with none ! Democracy would be a terrible idea (and a terrible system that is very often misunderstood). I think is not very good to have democracy because it makes many problems.

To conclude, I think on different occasions democracy can be good and can’t be good for one country or for all the world !!” (Gabriel,13)

“So, democracy means a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives and the question today is “Is Moldova a democratic country?” Yes, kind of. But not a true democracy because our multi-party system is being flawed and the parties alter the votes even recently this happened even The Economist Intelligence Unit rated Moldova as a flawed democracy in 2016 but is still considered democracy because everyone over 18 has the right to vote and there are even special computers for blind people and with poor eyesight and when it is voting time parties usually make concerts, grow the wages, etc to win votes which is a very good thing but it is considered as buying votes. A lot of people think that the 2016 elections were fake and that the Democratic party faked votes but it is a rumour and ‘Stop Fals’ was created because the televisions like Publika TV, Prime TV, Canal 2 and Canal 3 are owned by the Democrats and fake some words of political people which is basically propaganda. In conclusion our country is semi democratic and will be democratic when it will combine with Romania.” (Laurentiu,13)

“Democracy is a system where the government or the people that are living in that country have the supreme power . In Moldova , the government is the most powerful. It doesn’t matter how many people are voting for the country’s president because there are persons from the government that have already chosen someone, and the votes are not counted correctly. Also the money that is coming from the taxes was stolen by VLADIMIR PLAHATNIUC and a lot of people from the government. Now these people emigrated to other countries, not to be caught by the Interpol (International Police) . Now the situation in Moldova is not a good one because people that ruled the country didn’t keep their promises, and a lot of people don’t have a place to work or live in!” (Lavinia,13)

“The democracy is a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. In Moldova democracy is held in the hands of MPs. Why in Moldova the democracy is good : 1. All adults have the right vote 2. MPs want to change Moldova with give more pensions and make wages bigger, help poor families, put criminals in prison, rebuild broken houses and roads etc. Why in Moldova the democracy is bad : 1. People want to have democracy but MPs doesn’t want it.” (Eduard,13)

“Democracy is a form of government in which the people have the authority to choose their governing legislature. There is democracy in Moldova because people vote which means that the main choice is the citizens’. Their opinion is heard through the right to protest. In my opinion, democracy is good and makes people feel free and confident to express their opinion.” (Bogdana,13)

“A democracy is a political system with institutions that allows citizens to express their political preferences, has constraints on the power of the executive, and provides a guarantee of civil liberties.The democracy isn’t in all countries and it’s a little bit strange. If whole world is saying we are equal, I understand that there are different religions and different points of view, but if it’s equal why is it ruled differently? In the world there are more than 200 countries. The part of Europe and America, some parts of Africa, some countries in Asia,many countries are full democracies.”(Cristian,13)

“Democracy is a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. In my opinion there isn’t democracy here, for some reasons. In Moldova when people try to tell their opinion in order to change something, no one cares about it. There are many people who travelled to another countries because of this and the number of population decreases a lot. I think everyone should have the right to share their opinions and some things should be changed in this country.”(Filiz,13)

“In my opinion yes there’s democracy in our country officially and unofficially. What I mean by officially and unofficially is how the government says, and how the citizens say. If you would ask any citizen 1 year ago if there was democracy in our country you would get more than likely 2 answers. The first one being “are you mad?” and the second one would be “no”. Now times have changed, the power the same and with the arguments bellow I will prove it to you. My first solid argument is that when power changes the new governors want to change the way the country goes. To prove it, imagine you just became the head of the school or the head of the class. You obviously want the community to think good about you so you make a change to prove that you’re active. So, the new government is anything but dictatorship. Good. Now we must take a look at the other forms of ruling: Monarchy and Democracy. Monarchy in the first place has to have a king or queen which we don’t have and it must go on for a while so Monarchy is excluded. Finally, let’s look at Democracy as it’s said in Wikipedia – it’s the right to choose, the right for freedom, the right to elect the ones that rule and if we look at the last ten years we can see that Moldova is actually a democracy and a free country. We can elect – we choose. But if we look at the unofficial way it goes we were living under 25 years of the roughest dictatorship imprisonment for protest where am I in north Korea? But you must have noticed I said were because the power has changed and now we can’t tell till the next elections better said 20th of October. That’s because we should see if there would be a clean and fair election or a dirty tricky one. In conclusion we can’t yet say unofficially if there’s democracy, but officially it definitely is and was. ” (Stefan,13)

‘Yes,it is, because we have a Parliament and we can vote.This is my opinion.’ (Cristina,11)

‘Yes, Moldova in its current form is a democratic nation. Although it did face problems.

The problem was that rich people with their money would be able to control the government (oligarchs), but it all got better after the reconstruction of the government recently.’ (Nicu, 14)

P.S. Especially after the local elections this Sunday, democracy is felt more than ever in our country…

Tatiana Popa

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