There won’t be any referendums regarding migrants on the day of local elections


The State Self-Government Inspectorate has made a decision to stop the decisions for organizing local referendums in the municipalities for prevention of a population of migrants on the day of the local elections – 15th of October.

This was announced today at a press conference the State Inspector for Local-Self-Government, Rahim Musliu, who also said that he will start a procedure at the Constitutional Court for determining the legality of the initiatives of the municipalities for organizing referendums for migrants.

The reason for such decision, by Musliu, is article 22 of the Law for Local Self-Governance, which doesn’t stipulated that the municipalities have an authority over the issue with the migrants and their population.

He informed that a decision was made for 12 municipalities (Kochani, Shtip, Gevgelija, Kavadarci, Negotino, Veles, Bitola, Prilep, Radovish, Aerodrom, Gazi Baba and Ohrid) which have submitted a report at the Inspectorate from the Local Government Public Sheet where a referendum was announced, and it is expected that two more reports will be submitted, from municipalities of Karposh and Gjorce Petrov.

Musliu said that the decision will be submitted to the Ministry of Local Self-Government, the State Secretary for Local Self-Governance and the mayors and councils of the 12 municipalities. Regarding the decision, the mayors are obliged to inform the election commissions of concerned municipalities.

Otherwise, the requests for organizing referendums on a local level on the day of the local elections is a point in the agenda of today’s session of the State Election Commission (SEC).

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