In a press conference held late on Sunday, State Election Commission in FYROM has announced the figures concerning turnout in the referendum that was held about the issue of the name change.
According to the head of this institution, turnout in the referendum was 36.11% or 580 thousand voters out of 1.8 million eligible voters. Meanwhile, 532 thousand or 91.5% have voted in favour of the country’s new name while 31 thousand or 5.8% have voted against.
Sunday’s referendum was very important for the country’s NATO and EU accession path, however, in order for it to be valid, turnout in the voting process should have been higher than 50%. Now it’s parliament who decided about the fate of this agreement. In order for the constitutional amendments to take place and the deal to be ratified, two thirds of votes are needed in parliament, however, this seems like a hard thing to achieve considering the fact that VMRO-DPMNE in opposition has rejected the deal. /ibna/