The elections in Macedonia

Osman declared victory over Taravar

Bujar Osmani

DUI candidate Bujar Osmani, in his first appearance before the media, declared that his victory against VLEN candidate Arben Taravari is very deep, according to him, somewhere over 40 thousand votes.

Osmani also counted the municipalities in which he scored victories, including Tetova, Gostivar and Çairi.

"We scored victories in every municipality of the country. Jegunovce, Haračine, Vrapčishte, Studeničane, Likovë, Bogovinje, Zhelina, Gazi Baba, Bërvenica, Dollnen, Resnje, Struga, Çaška, Zelenikove, Ohrid and victories in Tetovo, Saraj, Manastir, Çuçer Sandevo, Veles, Kîçovo, Karposh, victories in Gostivar, Krushëvë, Kumanovo... in Çair, Kendra, Dibër everywhere in the Republic, a deep victory of the European Front", declared Osmani. /

VMRO's candidate leads in the presidential elections

In North Macedonia, on April 24, the citizens voted for the new president of the state.

According to the first results published by the State Election Commission, the candidate of the opposition party, VMRO DPMNE, Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova, is convincingly leading in the race for the first of the state.

According to the published results from 59 percent of the polling stations, Siljanovska-Davkova won 197.741 votes or 37.80%. She was VMRO's candidate for president in the 2019 elections.

The candidate for president of the coalition for the European Future, the current president of North Macedonia, Stevo Pandarovski, received 97.592 or 18.66% of the votes.

According to these results, the new president will be elected in the second round of elections, where the two candidates with the most votes will go. This is because in the first round it is required that the president be elected with 50 percent of the votes, with the condition that the participation in the election is over 40 percent of the electorate.

Earlier, the SEC said that in the first round of the presidential elections, about 49 percent of eligible citizens voted.

After the polls closed at 19:000, the chairman of the SEC, Aleksandar Dashtevski, said that the election process was conducted in an orderly manner, while the Albanian opposition denounced irregularities in several areas in the municipality of Likova.

According to the State Election Commission (SEC), 1.814.317 voters had the right to vote./ REL

Incidents in the presidential elections – Photographing of ballots and posters for voting boycott

The election process in North Macedonia is going well, with few incidents recorded so far.

The KTV team has been in Skopje since morning and has reported from there the official data from the incidents. These incidents include the photographing of ballot papers as well as posters that have been seen in the capital with calls to boycott the presidential elections.

The turnout of citizens to vote was around 26 percent until 13:00 p.m., which compared to the primary elections marks an increase of 10 percent.

There are seven candidates in the presidential race, two of them Albanian.

Polling stations in North Macedonia are closed

At 19:00, polling stations for the first round of today's presidential elections in North Macedonia closed.

The presidential candidate from VLEN, Arben Taravari, had his first media appearance after the polls closed. He said that they guarantee that everyone's vote will be safe.

"We are here and we will guarantee that everyone's vote will be safe. The vote of the Albanians should not be affected", Taravari emphasized. /

By 17:00, 44.18 percent of the citizens voted

The State Election Commission of North Macedonia has announced that until 17:00, the number of voters in the country is 44.18 percent.

At the next conference, the chairman of the SEC, Aleksandar Dashtevski, said that compared to the first round of the 2019 presidential elections until 17:00 p.m., a higher turnout is observed in these elections.

"Until 17:00, the State Election Commission received data on the exit of voters from a total of 1.788 polling stations, where a total of 899 thousand 977 are registered and 397.612 voters, or 44.18 percent, have voted. According to the data so far, the highest turnout was recorded in the municipality of Novac 67.19 percent, the lowest turnout in Plasnica with 15.52 percent. So far, voting continues peacefully in all polling stations. We are in coordination with the municipal election commissions and election councils. Compared to the first round of the 2019 presidential elections until 17:00, in these elections a higher turnout of 9 percent is observed," he said.

Until now, 308 objections have been submitted to the SEC for the personal protection of voting, of which 75 have been accepted, 27 objections have been dismissed and 38 have been rejected.

According to him, the election process in North Macedonia is mostly going smoothly and smoothly.

The citizens of North Macedonia today decide in the first round for their future president. This is the seventh presidential election, while the possible second round is held together with the parliamentary elections on May 8.

Polling stations opened at 7:00 and will close at 19:00. Voting takes place in 3480 polling stations throughout North Macedonia. Meanwhile, the total number of registered voters is 1.814.317.

The opposition VMRO DPMNE competes in the elections with the current deputies Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova. The ruling Social Democratic League competes with the current president, Stevo Pendarovski. In the election race, the Democratic Union for Integration competes with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bujar Osmani, while the united Albanian opposition competes with Arben Taravar, the current mayor of Gostivar. Maksim Dimitrievski, the mayor of Kumanova, Stevçe Jakimovski, the mayor of Karposh in Skopje and Biljana Vankovska, candidate of the "Left" party, are also part of the election race. /exp

26.35 percent voted until 13:00

The chairman of the State Electoral Commission, Aleksandar Dashtevski, has announced that the turnout in the presidential elections until 13:00 is 26.35%.

He said that in general, the election process is going on without any obstacles.

12.78 percent voted until 11:00

According to the data of the State Electoral Commission in North Macedonia, until 11:00, 12.78 percent of the voters used the right to vote in the entire territory of the country.

No irregularities have been reported.

Voting for president in North Macedonia is going smoothly

All polling stations in the presidential elections in North Macedonia were opened on time and the voting took place peacefully and without irregularities, announced the chairman of the State Electoral Commission, Aleksandar Dashtevski.

At the press conference, he said that by 9 o'clock, 3.85 percent of registered voters had voted in 832 polling stations.

"Two and a half hours after the start of voting, the voting took place peacefully and without irregularities reported in all polling stations. Until 9 o'clock, the data on participation in 832 polling stations were received. Out of a total of 402.748 registered voters. In those countries, 15.487 or 3.85 percent voted," said Dashtevski.

The Chairman of the SEC has added that they have received 12 complaints about irregularities.

"These elections are being monitored by 915 Macedonian and 544 foreign observers, as well as 38 foreign journalists," he declared.

Presidential elections are starting in North Macedonia

The citizens of North Macedonia went to the ballot boxes for the presidential elections on Wednesday. There are seven candidates in the race, two of them Albanians.

Polling stations are open from 07:00, while they will last until 19:00. The total number of voters registered in the electoral roll is 1.814.317. It is the seventh presidential election since North Macedonia declared its independence. 

To win in the first round, a candidate must receive 50 percent plus one of the vote. Considering that there are seven candidates, the chances of this happening are very small. Therefore, it is expected that there will be a second round in which the two most voted will go. The second round is expected to be held on May 8, the same day as the parliamentary elections.

Albanians are divided into two fronts in these elections as well. The "European Front" coalition has candidate Bujar Osman, while the VLEN coalition has Arben Taravar, the candidate who was also supported by the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti.

For the first time in the pre-election coalition "European Front", with the DUI in support of Osmani, Menduh Thaçi's PDSH and Zijadin Sela's Alliance for Albanians have also been included.

Meanwhile, Taravari, who was dismissed from the party after joining the VLEN coalition, has the support of the Besa Movement, the Democratic Movement and the Alternative Party.

However, the main race is expected to be between Macedonian candidates. Stevo Pendarovski aims for a second term and says that the state should change the Constitution, in accordance with the request for EU membership. Against the constitutional changes is VMRO-DPMNE, which has Gordana Siljanovska Davkova as its candidate.