On Friday, October 30, the U.S. Embassy in Moldova issued a security alert warning of possible rallies and demonstrations in the run-up to the presidential election on Sunday, November 1. According to the Central Election Commission, October 30 is the final day that electoral contenders can campaign, as they are prohibited from appearing on TV or radio the day before and the day of the election. On election day, additional security will be present around polling stations to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to and to enforce a ban on alcoholic beverages within 100 meters of polling stations.
A heightened security presence throughout Moldova is likely in the near term.
Those in Moldova are advised to monitor authority updates, exercise a heightened sense of awareness at all times, and report any suspicious items or activity to authorities.
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