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Only two women were elected mayors in runoff local elections in North Macedonia

In the runoff local elections in North Macedonia on Sunday, only two female candidates won enough votes to be elected mayors. The remaining 79 municipality mayor's posts were taken by men. The exceptions are the future mayor of the capital Skopje, Danela Arsovska, who as an independent candidate was supported by the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE, and Zhaklina Jovanovska of...

VMRO-DPMNE wins 20 mayoral posts in the runoff local elections in North Macedonia, SDSM and DUI win 7 mayoral posts each

Identically to the first round of the local elections in North Macedonia, in the runoff elections yesterday, the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE got most of the mayoral posts - it won 20 municipalities. According to the first unofficial results from the State Election Commission, VMRO-DPMNE has won the mayoral posts in Pehchevo, Novo Selo, Kochani, Vasilevo, Konche, Radovish, Makedonska Kamenica, Kratovo,...

North Macedonia prime minister Zoran Zaev resigns after local elections defeat

Zoran Zaev, the incumbent prime minister of North Macedonia yesterday in a late night press conference resigned from his prime ministerial post and also from the post of the president of the SDSM political party, after the defeat of his party in the second round of the local elections. However, he remains adamant that early parliamentary elections are not...

Prosecution raids the State Election Commission to investigate the acquisition of the software

The offices of the State Election Commission (SEC) of North Macedonia were raided by the Basic Public Prosecution for Organized Crime, which investigates whether there was a felony during the tendering procedure for the acquisition of this institution's software. During the raid, the tender documentation was seized which will help to determine whether the legal procedures were observed during...

Sela and Gashi call against recognizing DUI’s legitimacy as representatives of the Albanians

During yesterday’s “March for Democracy” in Skopje, the coalition of the Alliance of the Albanians (AA) and the Alternative stated that DUI is not the winner at these elections and it has no legitimacy to represent the Albanian nation in North Macedonia. Both parties’ leaders, Zijadin Sela and Afrim Gasha in their addressing during the march to the EU’s delegation...

OSCE/ODIHR: National broadcasters’ reporting lacked profound and analytical coverage of the election campaign activities

The numerous debates and talk-shows were mainly used by the participants as platforms for mutual personal criticism, note OSCE/ODIHR's observers in their report regarding the monitoring of national broadcasters during the election process in North Macedonia. The preliminary report also states that the newscasts of all national broadcasters monitored by the ODIHR SEAM provided superficial coverage of the campaign activities,...

SDSM: SEC must correct its errors and present valid results to the public

SDSM, a ruling political party, called North Macedonia’s Election Commission (SEC) go correct its errors and present truthful electoral results to the public. “According to the results from the Electoral computer center of SDSM, the advantage of the coalition “Mozheme” (We Can) is at least three MP seats, while the data presented by SEC contains clear discrepancies and mistakes which...

Zaev: We have a stable advantage of three seats over VMRO-DPMNE

At around 2 a.m, SDSM's President Zoran Zaev, held a press conference and announced that the "Mozheme" (We Can) coalition has a "convincing and stable advantage of more than three seats over VMRO-DPMNE". He said there is a possibility for that difference to increase either by one or two seats more. "The people's will was confirmed. We are winning. The...

Finally an agreement between party leaders Zaev and Mickoski: The elections will be held on July15

The leaders of the two biggest political parties in North Macedonia, SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE, Zoran Zaev and Hristijan Mickoski, have finally managed to reach an agreement regarding the date of the parliamentary elections. The voting will take place on the 15th of July. In a press conference Zaev said that the state and the people have to be saved...

The electoral system remains a source of crisis in North Macedonia

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With the latest amendments to the Electoral Code from February 2020, some improvements have been made, primarily in voter registration, in voting procedures, and in expanding and clarifying the competencies of the State Audit Office (SAO) and the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) on financial control. However, the election model remained with six constituencies (in the country) and...

President Pendarovski: No need to extend the state of emergency, party leaders should arrange the date of the elections

During today's address to the nation, President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski said that at the moment there is no need of extending the state of emergency. He also said the Government hasn't submited a formal request to extend the state of emergency since it has implemented all of its economic and medical measures. Pendarovski explained that the state of...

The preparations for the elections started, the Government behested SEC to update the electoral register

During today's session, the Government adopted a Decree with which it tasked the Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a period of one day after the decree enters into force, to submit to the State Election Commission (SEC) a list of citizens that have applied for issuing a new ID card or passport, and have collected them starting from the...

Serbian FM Dačić distances himself from election video depicting voters as ‘zombies’

The  president of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) Ivica Dačić distanced himself from election video clip published on Twitter by Branko Ružić, the vice president of the SPS executive board. Both politicians serve as ministers in the coalition government of Republic of Serbia. Dačić occupies the position of  First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, while Ružić...

SDSM for elections at the end of June, VMRO-DPMNE for the beginning of September

The second political parties leaders' meeting in North Macedonia President's Office today finished without agreement on the date for the parliamentary elections. The largest opposition party, VMRO-DPMNE has opted for the end of August or beginning of September, while the SDSM is all for the end of June. According to VMRO-DPMNE, the late date will expose the citizens to least health...

How did Special Prosecutor Janeva further undermine the trust in North Macedonia’s institutions

The Special Public Prosecutor Katica Janeva, from a heroine, and whose silhouette embellished the T-shirts of both young and old when Gruevski's government was torn down, ended infamously disappointingly in detention for abuse of power. The person that was supposed to be (and for awhile was) the face of the fight against the deeply corrupted and criminalized old government,...

Mickoski threatens Zaev with political hell, while Siljanovska sees the need for snap elections

The leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski told a press conference after the presidential election results were announced, that Zaev and SDSM should expect "political hell" led by VMRO-DPMNE, as the largest political force in the country. Mickoski predicted that he would triumph at the next parliamentary elections, winning half a million votes. "VMRO-DPMNE, compared to the SDSM coalition, that "hotel coalition",...

Pendarovski: I will serve everyone devotedly, I will unite, not divide

Citizens won these crystal clear, fair and democratic elections and I solemnly want to announce that I will serve everyone devotedly, said Stevo Pendarovski from the SDSM party headquarters tonight, where his celebrated his electoral victory in the presidential elections. "I will strive for fairness and rule of law, I will unite not divide, I will be a factor of...

Siljanovska: The political winter in Macedonia will come to an end with a new sun

The presidential candidate that enjoys the support of VMRO-DPMNE< Gordana Siljanovska - Davkova is expecting to become the 5th president of Republic of Macedonia. After the voting, she stated that "finally the political winter in Macedonia will come to an end with a new sun." -I think that the target I was aiming at was reached i.e. the citizens for whom...

Pendarovski is expecting a more decisive win

I'm expecting an even more decisive win in the second round, because the people that stayed at home during the first round or those that voted for the other candidate Reka, who ended his run in the first round of the elections, I'm expecting a part of those voters to come out at the polling stations and to cast...

Last day of the campaign, the election silence starts from midnight

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The presidential candidates Stevo Pendarovski and Gordana Siljanovska - Davkova and their teams will have a time limit until midnight to convince the voters to give them their vote in the second round of the presidential elections on Sunday. The electoral silence will start on midnight and until 19h on Sunday when all political campaigning will be banned. The...