Moldovans have begun voting in parliamentary elections in the former Soviet republic, in a ballot that could deepen a split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces.

Sunday’s vote in the country wedged between Romania and Ukraine comes amid concerns about endemic corruption and the erosion of democracy. Parties need to win 6 percent of the overall ballot to enter Parliament.

More than 3 million voters are eligible to elect representatives for the next four years to the 101-seart legislature.

A man holds an European Union flag as people stand by shoes of Moldovan citizens working abroad are placed on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man holds an European Union flag as people stand by shoes of Moldovan citizens working abroad are placed on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

The incumbent ruling alliance headed by the nominally pro-European Democratic Party has lost support over rampant corruption and falling living standards.

The voting system has been changed in what critics say is a ploy to help the two main parties— the broadly pro-Russian Socialists and the Democrats— to carve up influence.

Supporters of Moldova's Democratic Party, led by Vladimir Plahotniuc prepare to march in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Supporters of Moldova’s Democratic Party, led by Vladimir Plahotniuc prepare to march in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Supporters of Moldova's Democratic Party, led by Vladimir Plahotniuc prepare to march in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Supporters of Moldova’s Democratic Party, led by Vladimir Plahotniuc prepare to march in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man holds a European Union flag as people stand by shoes of Moldovan citizens working abroad are placed on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man holds a European Union flag as people stand by shoes of Moldovan citizens working abroad are placed on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
The slippers of 34 year-old Adela, a citizen of Moldova working in Sweden, are powdered with snow after her mother placed them on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
The slippers of 34 year-old Adela, a citizen of Moldova working in Sweden, are powdered with snow after her mother placed them on the pavement in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Women pick up leaflets advertising the Socialits' Party, in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Women pick up leaflets advertising the Socialits’ Party, in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, a day before the country holds parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A youngster carries a billboard advertising the Socialits' Party, which reads
A youngster carries a billboard advertising the Socialits’ Party, which reads “I will vote for the Socialists” as people walk by in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man carrying a billboard of the Socialits' Party, which reads
A man carrying a billboard of the Socialits’ Party, which reads “I will vote for the Socialists”, speaks to a woman in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A poster depicting, from left, Moldova's Prime Minister Pavel Filip, President Igor Dodon and Israeli born Modovan businessman and politician Ilan Shor, which reads
A poster depicting, from left, Moldova’s Prime Minister Pavel Filip, President Igor Dodon and Israeli born Modovan businessman and politician Ilan Shor, which reads “Don’t Vote for the Oligarchs” is placed on a light pole in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A child walks by a poster depicting, from left, Moldova's Prime Minister Pavel Filip, President Igor Dodon and Israeli born Modovan businessman and politician Ilan Shor, which reads
A child walks by a poster depicting, from left, Moldova’s Prime Minister Pavel Filip, President Igor Dodon and Israeli born Modovan businessman and politician Ilan Shor, which reads “Don’t Vote for the Oligarchs” in Chisinau, Moldova, Saturday, Feb. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)