VMRO-DPMNE’s spokesperson, Naum Stoilkovski, has accused SDSM of “electoral crime in an organized manner”. He also said that “SDSM has violated the election silence and has directed voters on how to vote”.

“During yesterday and today, text messages were sent from this number 071/290-116. The public prosecutor’s office will have to act immediately and determine who is the owner of the tel. number 075/232-352 which was also used in phone calls. They need to get a listing as to where these messages were sent and the people who were agitated. There are serious doubts regarding a criminal offense under Article 160 of the Criminal Law “Violation of the freedom of voters”, which carries a prison sentence of at least three years,” said Stoilkovski.

SDSM reacted and issued a statement regarding Stoilkovski’s claims and said that “VMRO-DPMNE’s leaders are nervous because regardless of the boycott that was instigated by the party’s leadership, MPs and party members are voting in the referendum.”

They added, “at today’s’ referendum citizens are casting their votes freely, without any pressure, and in a free and democratic atmosphere.”