Skopje, April 11, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
April 12 will be electoral silence in FYR Macedonia ahead of the presidential elections which will be held on Sunday, April 13. Electoral silence will last two days until Sunday evening, when ballot boxes are closed.
It’s the first time when in the middle of the other electoral campaign (for the early parliamentary elections), there’s electoral silence due to the presidential elections.
Silence will suspend the parliamentary election campaign, which according to the Electoral Law, it means that all sorts of media and public propaganda will stop.
4 candidates are running for the president’s post: Current president George Ivanov from the main government party, VMRO-DPMNE, Stevo Pendarovski from the Macedonian Social Democratic League (LSDM) who enjoys the support of the opposition, the only Albanian candidate, Iljaz Halimi from the Albanian Democratic Party (PDSH) and Zoran Popovski from the newly formed GROM party.
These elections are of a special importance, because their result will have an impact on the early parliamentary elections which will be held in two weeks time. On this date there will also be the second round of the presidential elections between the two candidates who have won most of the votes.
The elections will be monitored by international observers. So far, a large number of observers have been accredited in these elections. State Election Commission (SEC) informed that 3.292 domestic observers and 265 ones have been accredited to observe the presidential and early parliamentary elections. /ibna/