Skopje, March 7, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
State Election Commission (SEC) has defined today (07.03) the deadlines for the early parliamentary elections which are expected to be held on April 27 in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Members of SEC reached an agreement to overcome the dilemmas caused by the holding of parallel elections, presidential and early parliamentary elections and the clashes against the electoral campaign, pre election silence and problems in the voters’ lists.
Based on this decision, the campaigns for both electoral processes will last 20 days each, based on the electoral code.
The vice chairman of SEC, Subhi Jakupi told IBNA after compromise was achieved that the electoral campaign for the early parliamentary elections will start on April 5 and not on April 7, due to the pre election silence for the first round of presidential elections on April 12 and 13.
According to him, the list of candidates for MPs must be deposited on March 29 and the examination of the voters’ list will be carried out from March 16 to March 30, while the draw will be taken on April 3. As far as the Diaspora is concerned, application for voting is under way.
“I believe that we have found the best solution by not damaging those who will conduct a campaign for the parliamentary elections and those undergoing a pre election silence for the presidential elections”, said Subhi Jakupi.
Members of SEC said that this work method is the most acceptable form for the realization of this double electoral process, which has never been implemented in the country. SEC said that it expects political parties which will participate in the electoral process to adhere to this decision. /ibna/