The registration period ended on January 4, 2019, for initiative groups supporting candidates for single mandate districts (SMDs). According to the Central Electoral Commission (CEC), 387 groups submitted documents for registration of which 348 were approved and registered. Candidates will run for 51 SMD seats, including Prime Minister Pavel Filip and four ministers of his cabinet. According to the CEC, 93 candidates have already submitted the required signatures and have secured a place on the ballot.
All initiative groups were able to collect the necessary signatures. However, there is some concern from LTOs on both the means to gather the signatures and validation of those signatures.
At the national level, four entities have been registered— three political parties and one electoral bloc. One party’s application was rejected. However, resubmission is possible.