It's the way the election was conducted:
- real pluralism of opinions and options
- a mainly free media (NIT and omg.md excepted)
- a high voter turnout
- commitment from overseas voters, who had to endure long, cold queues
- intelligent voting (in the sense of ignoring side-shows)
Now that Georgia has left the organisation and Ukraine has back-pedalled on a number of freedoms, Moldova is now clearly the leading democracy in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Even the Russians are noticing; a team of journalists in Chisinau for the elections were amazed at the vigorous debates, the freedom with which people expressed their opinions and the desire of Moldovans to cast a vote and make a difference. All very very different to how things are back home. Russian speakers can find the relevant article here.
Take a bow, Moldova!
(Then get quickly back to thinking about how to stop the Democrats going into a miserable coalition with the Communists)