Ivanov: The claims made by SDSM are nebulous and crude attempts for manipulation


Skopje, 3 February, 2017 - 17:15 (META) 

SDSM’s claims that President Ivanov is lying that he acted in the manner of President Gligorov and that he is violating the Constitution are crude lies and is manipulating the public, said Ivanov’s cabinet in reaction to SDSM’s statement.

Ivanov’s cabinet states that the claims by SDSM that President Ivanov, apparently, is imposing additional conditions for granting a mandate for the new government are “nebulous and crude attempts for manipulation”

“The requests that President Ivanov stressed aren’t conditions at all, but political opinions by President Ivanov regarding future priorities of the new government, that are consistent and and apply to all political formations in the country. President Ivanov has a legitimate right to state political opinions and requests related to the state’s interests and he won’t stray from that in the future”, reads the statement by Ivanov’s cabinet.


Dimitriev-Chichakovski: All conditions for fair, democratic and credible elections have been met


Skopje, 6 December, 2016 - 18:26 (META) 

The interim Prime Minister who was appointed to organize the elections, Emil Dimitriev, today met with the members of the State Election Commission, which was attended by some members of the Government.

The President of the State Election Commission, Aleksandar Chichakovski, informed the interim Prime Minister that everything is ready for the elections and that all necessary actions are implemented and are in accordance with the pace.

 

“While he informed that the electoral register has been signed and controlled by the State Election Commission’s regional offices, he stressed that currently they are packing and are in control of printed election material, and are implementing  other planned activities of the State Election Commission, which are aimed at the organization of election day”, said a statement from the government.

At the meeting, it was concluded that all conditions for carrying out fair, democratic and credible elections had been met.


Leaders’ Meeting tomorrow at 13:00


Skopje, 30 August, 2016 - 14:33 (META) 

The leaders’ meeting, where conditions are meant to be reviewed for holding elections as well as how the agreement from July 20, should take place tomorrow at 13:00, “Meta” has learned from sources within the SDSM party.

“In principle, the meeting should take place tomorrow at 13:00”, the opposition party told us.

The VMRO-DPMNE say that they do not know whether the leaders’ meeting will take place, nor who should be organizing it.

“At the moment, we do not have any information on the leaders’ meeting, however, if you ask us, there have been conditions for elections since April and nothing has changed”, the VMRO-DPMNE responded.

Political parties who are signatories to the Pržino Agreement failed to meet the deadlines stipulated by the agreement which was reached on July 20, before the leaders’ meeting where politicians are meant to determine the date for holding early parliamentary elections.

The agreement came to a standstill during the formation of the ad hoc body to regulate the media during the election campaign, however, the body was meant to fully complete by August 24. The four representatives from the two main parties for several days now can not reach a consensus on the fifth member, who by law, has to be of Albanian ethnicity.

At tomorrow’s meeting of leaders’, if the parties confirm that there are conditions for elections, the SDSM will have to name the new chief editor of the public broadcasting channel, MTV.

Today, the media have been speculating over the identity of the new chief editor, and many believe that the SDSM will propose Santa Argirova, however, all parties have to accept the new editor.
“Meta” tried to get hold of the journalist Argirova to confirm these recent speculations, but for now, we still have not received an answer.

The SDSM also did not confirm whether the information is correct and have said that they will announce the name of new chief editor once the parties have reviewed all agreements.

What remains:
• 19 August/24 August (expired) – Formation of the ad hoc body for the media
• 31 August – End of deadline for leaders’ meeting
• 2 Septemeber – Opposition to name Chief Editor of MRTV (only if elections are held on 11 December)
• 2 September – Amendments to the Law on the MOI to be suspended concerning the powers of the Minister (Only if elections are held on 11 December)

Fulfilled:
• 23 July – MPs from Parliament voted in the amendments to the Electoral Code
• 25 July – SEC published the list of the 39.502 disputed voters
• 28 July – MPs voted on amendments to the Law on Internal Affairs, the Law on Audio and Audiovisual Media Services, the Law on Criminal Proceedings and the Law on Government
• 18 August – Registration ends for disputed voters in the SEC


Sekerinska: If there is political will on August 31, the decision for elections will be made


Veles, 29 August, 2016 - 20:08 (META) 

“By August 31, all the conditions can be fulfilled that were stipulated in the agreement from July 20 of this year. If there is political will, the decision on August 31 will be for elections”, said the Vice President of SDSM Radmila Sekerinska, in response to a reporter’s question today while in Veles.

“The process that took place in the SEC confirmed that in Macedonia there are many phantom voters, who now are no longer on the voters’ list because those citizens who were not phantom voters registered and are now on the voters’ list.  But now the question is who has abused the voters of those 30,000 who now are not present on the list, and who abused the voters of the people in the Diaspora who also have the right to vote, obviously someone else voted on their behalf. We believe that by August 31 all the conditions can be fulfilled that were stipulated in the agreement from July 20 of this year. If there is political will, the decision on August 31 will be for elections. Macedonian citizens have been waiting a long time for this crisis to come to an end, and they have known for a long time that the first step to ending the crisis is fair and democratic elections. If the VMRO-DPMNE and the DUI flee from fair elections again, we are convinced that on August 31 the right decision will be made for Macedonia”, said Sekerinska.


Baily and Orav: We are in constant contact with the parties, we expect an agreement soon


Skopje, 14 June, 2016 - 21:04 (META) 

US Ambassador to the country, Jess Baily, and EU Ambassador, Aivo Orav, have expressed hope that the parties and signatories to the Pržino Agreement will agree on conditions for holding elections.

The two Ambassadors met with representatives from the political parties of the Pržino Agreement and said the meeting was held in a constructive atmosphere.

“We have had meetings in the last few weeks with the parties, and we hoped that in the next few days there would be some progress”, stated Baily.

And the EU Ambassador, Aivo Orav restated that they too had been in close contact with the parties and that negotiations continue and he hopes that soon there will be an agreement.

According to Radmila Serkerinska the Vice-President of the SDSM party, conditions for elections must be provided soon, so they can hold free and fair elections.


Brussels: We hope that parties will agree to meet this week


Skopje, 13 June, 2016 - 20:34 (META) 

Brussels is hoping that Macedonian political party leaders will show initiative and convene a leaders’ meeting where they can, hopefully, reach some kind of an agreement, whereby fair elections can be organized.

The European Commission said that they are in constant contact with all the concerned parties and are closely monitoring any developments in Macedonia.

“The EU delegation is in close contact with the parties and it is hopes they will agree to meet this week” a spokesperson for the European Commission, Maja Kocijanacic told “Meta”.

The SDSM believe that the conditions for the holding of such a meeting have been met and that the main topic of discussion at the meeting would be the conducting of fair and democratic elections. The VMRO-DPMNE party is awaiting an invitation to any proposed meeting.

The leader of the DPA, Menduh Tachi said that any meeting of political leaders would have nothing to offer on the political crisis, calling any such meeting frivolous and he doubts that any such meeting will be held.

MP Rafis Atili from the DUI party believes a meeting of political leaders should be held, as it in the interests of all citizens, however for fair elections to take place they must create the correct political environment first.

The SDSM spokesman, Petre Shilegov today called for a meeting of all political leaders, at any level, or of any kind, at which discussions on the conditions for free and fair elections could be held. While the ruling party’s leader Nikola Gruevski said his party would attend such a meeting, however, beforehand he would have to know the topic and the agenda for a meeting

“So far no one has contacted us concerning a leaders’ meeting. We would accept, but it is a good idea to have prior agreements and arrangements regarding topics of the meeting because it is in the interest of citizens that meetings of political leaders are thoroughly prepared with an agenda and with a list of topics, especially, because we are always being the one’s blamed if the meeting should fail”, said Gruevski.

He added that currently there has been no such initiative, no suggested topics for holding any such meeting.


Poposki: SDSM has to show that they’re serious about holding elections


Skopje, 7 June, 2016 - 18:28 (META) 

It is encouraging that the SDSM finally realise that destructive politics is met with greater condemnation from the citizens, reacted Nikola Poposki today after the SDSM leader, Zoran Zaev’s press conference.

“It remains obvious that the party still has shown no capacity to get out of the agony they are in, and to finally start working constructively in politics, for the interest of all the people. They have left the impression that the only opposition party, keeps running away from elections, the same elections they insisted upon. And every time they have managed to avoid elections, they act as if they have won the ballot. These are classical tactics to avoid the citizens.
Regarding their requirements which Mr. Zaev outlined earlier on today – VMRO-DPMNE wants to clearly state that elections are acceptable whenever the opposition are ready, however, we will not allow the country and it’s citizens to be held hostage again and let the opposition use them as a bargaining chip for an election date, just like they did on April the 24th, and June the 5th”, said Poposki.

The Foreign Minister also added that the VMRO-DPMNE would welcome the SDSM back into Government, to work together to prepare fair, free and democratic elections, but only if they show they are serious about elections and that it’s what they really want.


Kocijancic: There are no conditions for elections, action needs to be taken, and we are ready to assist


Brussels, 17 May, 2016 - 18:23 (META) 

We call on the political leaders in the country and the relevant authorities to take decisive steps to solve the current situation, and respect the Przhino Agreement, said Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for the European Commission in response to the question, how will Macedonia continue to receive financial aid for the refugee crisis if the new government is not recognised by the international community.

“It is absolutely clear that some sort of action needs to be taken. We believe that it should be done. We are ready to assist, but above all, the responsibility lies with the political leaders of the country”, said Kocijancic.
When asked if elections are held in the country, which is legal, but politically unacceptable for the EU, does that mean that the EU support the postponement of elections for a certain amount of time when all parties are ready to participate, Kocijnacic replied that the Przhino Agreement should provide all conditions necessary for credible elections.

“The Przhino Agreement was formed to create a path to credible elections. Part of the Agreement was that certain steps were to be taken before elections could be held. This did not happen. Currently, the way the situation is, we do not see that there are conditions for credible elections”, said the spokesperson for the EC, Maja Kocijancic.

However, Kocijancic avoided giving a direct answer to recent remarks that the Przhino Agreement is dead. She recalled last week’s statement from Brussels stating that the prolonged political crisis has turned Macedonia away from its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

“The Commission noticed that several parties did not submit their candidate lists to the State Election Commission on time because we do not see that there are minimum conditions for credible elections on June 5, 2016, that can be recognized by the international community”, said EC spokesperson, adding that repeatedly they have emphasized the necessity and importance of cleaning the electoral roll, providing balanced media reporting and an investigation into reports of intimidation against voters.


Kocijancic: There aren’t even minimum conditions for elections on June 5, leaders can not pretend that everything is alright


Brussels, 16 May, 2016 - 16:21 (META) 

There aren’t even minimum conditions for credible elections on June 5th, which would be recognized by the International Community, and the Government which would come out of those elections, said European Commission spokesperson Maja Kocijancic to ‘Deutsche Welle’.

According to Kocijancic, in the current conditions, any government that emerges from the elections in which the three major parties (SDSM, DUI and DPA NB) do not participate, will not be a credible partner for the International Community.

In her statement she recalls the necessity of cleansing the electoral roll, providing balanced media reporting, investigations into threats against voters and urges all political leaders and authorities in the country to take decisive steps to cope with the situation, and respect the Przhino Agreement.

“We also urgently need leaders to cope with solving problems with the rule of law without further delay. This particularly applies to the withdrawal of the presidential pardons. Justice must prevail and it must be transparent. It’s the only way to restore the citizens’ trust in state institutions, to put an end to the current tensions and preserve the rule of law in the country, “said Kocijancic.

The EC spokesperson warned that the latest moves will have “serious consequences.”

“Political leaders can not pretend that everything is all right. The latest moves and future failures will have serious consequences, ” said Kocijancic in her statement.


Zaev for AFP: I know there won’t be elections on June 5


Skopje, 15 May, 2016 - 16:28 (META) 

In an interview with the AFP, SDSM leader Zoran Zaev said that the early elections should be postponed until there are conditions for free and fair elections.

“I know there won’t be elections on 5 June”, said Zaev.

The interview says, that the SDSM leader expects all political parties early as next week, according to Macedonian Law, will invite Assembly Speaker Trajko Veljanoski, to schedule a session.

Earlier, leader of the VMRO-DPMNE Nikola Gruevski for AFP said that the elections on June 5 will be held, but that he was prepared immediately after the elections to organize another vote to give citizens a chance to choose.