Gruevski: I will resign and I hope it will help resolve this crisis

Skopje, 1 December, 2017 - 17:45 (META) 

No matter what the outcome of the election analysis will be, I will resign to the organs of the party, stated the leader of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, in an interview with “Kurir”.

“The evening after the first round of elections, I clearly stated that the party leader carries the greatest responsibility. Then in a television interview, I explained that in a team which competes, whether its politics, sports, business or in any field, the biggest responsibility by definition is carried by the first person. Those who know me well and those who understand political messages well understand me. Regardless of the outcome of the election analysis, even if objectively, my guilt is small or the least, or even the smallest, however, if it is determined that I have no objective guilt over defeat, I will resign to the organs of the party”, said Gruevski.

He says this step is part of his basic principles and values. According to him, VMRO-DPMNE will organize an urgent congress, where, in addition to the adoption of the report on the election analysis, members will be elect a new president of VMRO-DPMNE.

“I thought that even then, on the evening of October 15th, but because of the actual elections, I said it with political terminology, and that’s what I mean now, and since the two rounds of the elections have passed, the emotions of the campaign calmed down, I can say it in the most directly way or not”, added Gruevski, who said that the analysis of the election will take another two weeks, and that his resignation is not related to its outcome.

Kotevski: VMRO-DPMNE will not return its mandates, even though they do not recognize the election results

Skopje, 30 October, 2017 - 18:09 (META) 

After yesterday’s speech by party leader Nikola Gruevski, where he declared the elections as irregular and said that he does not recognize them, today VMRO-DPMNE told “Meta” that this does not mean that the mandates and seats they won will be returned, because that “would only help Zaev and SDSM, and make it easier for them to trade national interests.”

“VMRO-DPMNE does not recognize the results of the criminal elections, because the will of the people was largely stolen by threats, intimidation, bribery and abuse of the institutions, but there is no reason why the mayors of VMRO-DPMNE, who won and in such conditions, return their mandates, because this way, we would only be helping Zaev and SDS to usurp their will and realize their plan to secure full power so that they can trade national interests more easily”, replied party spokesman, Ivo Kotevski, to a question from “Meta” on whether yesterday’s speech by Gruevski means that the party will not engage in local government and the selected candidates will not fulfill the won mayoral and council seats.

In Kotevski’s written response, he said that his party is convinced that a real study of party ratings can only be shown at fair early parliamentary elections.

LP: Gruevski’s fearful speech was about the elections in 2008 and 2014

Skopje, 30 October, 2017 - 16:38 (META) 

“The last long speech by the fearful and confused Gruevski has nothing to do with these elections. The man was talking about his own experience, of what he did during the elections in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014”, said the Liberal Party in a statement, where they concluded that the recent elections were fair and democratic, adding that Gruevski has no basis not to recognize the results from the local elections.

“The Liberal Party congratulates the citizens after the completion of the successful local elections. The dissatisfaction of those who did not achieve the results they expected is understandable, but there are no elements to contest the legitimacy of the elections. The ratings of domestic observers are that the elections were fair and democratic, with minor irregularities that did not affect the outcome. Accordingly, there is no basis for not recognizing the election results from either side. The elections are over, and therefore, the Liberal Party congratulates the election of all the new mayors”, reads the statement.

Spasovski: Two persons were taken into custody for bribery of voters and five others for photographing ballots

Skopje, 29 October, 2017 - 22:44 (META) 

The Minister of Interior, Oliver Spasovski, at a press conference that occurred an hour after the polling stations were closed, announced that there are seven people that were taken into custody for election frauds, including one person that was taken into custody because of physical violence which is still investigated whether it is related to the elections.

-After a long period, Macedonia is proud to have conducted fair, democratic and peaceful elections – said Spasovski, who stressed that MoI, which acted in line with its authorizations, has taken measures and activities that have helped the citizens to freely express their will and to accomplish their right to vote.

He stressed that according to the Ministry’s operational headquarters, the election day went quietly and he congratulated the members of the Macedonian police for the shown professionalism and for the successful and efficient accomplishment of given tasks.”

MOST: Group votings and photographing ballots were registered

Skopje, 29 October, 2017 - 15:47 (META) 

Family and group voting, problems caused by unauthorized persons and photographing ballots were registered at several polling stations until 13:00 hours, report civil organization Most’s observers.

“At voting station 1471, in the village of Debreshte, municipality Dolneni, 9 cases of family voting were reported as 27 votes were misused. Additionally, at the same location, two cases were registered where the persons who were providing their assistance to the voters, who couldn’t have done that by themselves, weren’t registered in the polling station’s registry book. In the same municipality, but at the polling station 1472, 9 cases of group voting were registered, where 20 votes were misused” reports Most.

In the municipality of Shuto Orizari, an unauthorized person has been agitating at a polling station and there was a case when a ballot was photographed.

MOI: Voting is taking place without serious violations of public order and peace

Skopje, 29 October, 2017 - 15:02 (META) 

The Ministry of Interior reported that there were no serious violations of public order and peace at today’s voting in the second round of the local elections.

MOI spokesman Toni Angelovski said at a press conference that three cases of photographing ballots were reported, and appealed that the ballots should not be photographed as it is a violation of the law and sanctions will follow.

He reported a disturbance of public order and peace in the Municipality of Shuto Orizari, where one person reported that he was attacked by several people. The police, in this case, have detained an individual and are working on clearing the case.

Angelovski also appealed to political parties and their followers to refrain from any incidents, and citizens to report if they notice any irregularities.

“Most” will be monitoring the second round of elections with more than 1000 observers

Skopje, 28 October, 2017 - 16:08 (META) 

The Citizens Association “Most” will be monitoring the second round of the local elections with more than 1,000 observers. 910 observers will be deployed at polling stations that will cover about 50% of the polling stations within each of those municipalities, in which tomorrow will be voted.

“Observers from “Most” will be static, and will monitor the voting process at polling stations throughout the day. In addition, there will be 45 mobile teams, composed of two observers, who will serve as logistical support for the static observers and will occasionally observe those places where “Most” will not deploy static observers. Additionally, the work of the municipal election commissions will be monitored by 35 observers, and the work of the State Election Commission will also be monitored”, read the statement.

In addition to tomorrow’s voting, today, “Most” will also be observing the early voting of sick and disabled people, internally displaced persons and persons in prison or detention. From there, they call for a fair, democratic and peaceful election process.

Besa and the Alliance for Albanians will run in the second round of elections as a coalition

Skopje, 18 October, 2017 - 18:34 (META) 

The Besa Movement and the Alliance for Albanians will run in the second round of local elections in coalition, which will take place on October 29th, the two parties announced at a press conference.

They will be supported in 12 municipalities to achieve better electoral results.

“We will support them in five municipalities, they will support us in seven municipalities. In fact, they will be joint candidates of our coalition for the second round”, said Afrim Gashi from the Besa Movement said.

Elmi Aziri from the Alliance for Albanians said they hope that the official coalition will yield results, but also that it will be a good and serious test for a coalition in the future.

Zaev: Victory is an expression of the free will of the citizens

Skopje, 16 October, 2017 - 11:19 (META) 

The prime minister and SDSM leader, Zoran Zaev, at the celebration in front of the Government building after success in the first round of local elections, “congratulated the freedom”. He said that they it was a challenge to organize free elections, and the result of this is the expression of the free will of citizens tonight.

“I want to congratulate all citizens. With the freely expressed will, the people sent a message and support for new government policy, a society for all, growth and development of the economy”, said Zaev.

He told citizens that SDSM and the coalition won the first round in Gjorce Petrov, Karpos, Centre, Aerodrom, Suto Orizari, Zelenikovo, Aracinovo, Kumanovo, Rankovce, Kriva Palanka, Kratovo, Kocani, Pehchevo, Delchevo, Berovo, Konche, Radovish, Vasilevo, Bosilovo, Novo Selo, Strumica, Valandovo, Bogdanci, Dojran, Gevgelija, Demir Kapija, Negotino, Lozovo, Veles, Prilep, Bitola, Resen, Ohrid, Debarca, Vevcani, Krivogastani, Krusevo, Rostushe and Jagunovce.

Zaev said that in Kisela Voda, Butel and Gazi Baba, the results were narrow.
“For the City of Skopje, if this trend continues, we will win the first round”, Zaev said.

The Prime Minister told the future mayors that the era of local sheriffs has ended and that they require honest work and responsibility from them.

He told them to listen to the people “because they knows what is right and what is q priority”.

“I appeal for honesty, dedication and responsibility. I demand a responsible local and central government. The joy is great, but the responsibility is huge”, said Zaev.

Gruevski accused of irregularities, announced an analysis of the defeat but he didn’t mention a resignation

Skopje, 16 October, 2017 - 0:41 (META) 

After the elections, there will be an analysis, with apurpose of determining what was done wrong despite all of the irregularities because we didn’t get bigger support at these elections. As a president I take full responsibility and regarding all of this, about the causes, the results for any future direction will be discussed in the forthcoming period after the elections are over, said this evening at a press conference, VMRO_DPMNE’s president, Nikola Gruevski.

Asked by journalists whether he will resign after the defeat, he didn’t provide a precise answer, but he only said that he has said what he needed to say, and in the forthcoming period the political party will analyze the election defeat.

At the start of his speech, VMRO-DPMNE’s president thanked everyone who voted and above all the voters of his party and the party’s activists, and then he accused of election irregularities and misuse of the police.

-Today’s election day passed with numerous irregularities. A misuse of state resources was evidenced, there was an attempt of bribery and the citizens were massively transported to the voting stations. There was a manipulation with the ballots and at some places, there were ballots from other municipalities. For the first time, police jeeps were cruising with SDSM’s activists and this had a certain influence -said VMRO-DPMNE’s president who announced complaints.