Presidential elections declared valid in Moldova
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 30
The presidential election in Moldova is declared valid.
Around 955 823 people (33.3 percent) of the total population of Moldova voted, RIA Novosti reported.
Voting is under way in Moldova for the country's first presidential election in 20 years.
Since 1996 presidents of Moldova have been chosen by parliament.
Pavel Filip was appointed prime minister in January and it was his pro-European coalition that re-established the popular vote.
Igor Dodon, has been ahead in opinion polls and has pledged to push for new parliamentary elections if he wins.
His main rival is Maia Sandu of the pro-Western, centre-right opposition. She has been praised for reforming the education system.