IBNA Interview/Silegov: We will not allow electoral fraud

IBNA Interview/Silegov: We will not allow electoral fraud

In an interview for IBNA, MP and spokesman of SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic League), Petre Silegov talks about the urgent need of implementing all the obligations of the June 2 political agreement. He says that the agreement must be implemented in essence and not only in a formal way. Silegov is also head of the parliamentary inquiry committee on the wiretapping affair

Interviewed by Naser Pajaziti/IBNA

You are member of the parliamentary committee which handles the investigation of political responsibility of the wiretapping affair. How do you consider this process?

I have said this many times that there must be a solution in essence and not a formal solution, to deliver all the obligations stemming from the agreement, which was a step further in overcoming the political crisis. We don’t need parliamentary inquiry committees just for the sake of creating such committees. Members of VMRO-DPMNE must not evade to the committee, but they must openly express their stances. I hope that deputy prime minister Zoran Stavrevski will take the courage to speak publicly, in contrast to his leader, Zoran Stravrevski. He must be allowed to declare what he declared for the committee, publicly. In contrast to this, leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev will issue an open declaration for all citizens, once he’s summoned to testify in front of the committee.

The state electoral commission should have been completed on 30 September, when the agreement was reached, and not in December. Do you think that this delay will have an impact on the elections which are nearing?

Our stance is clear: not only SDSM, but the entire country needs democratic elections. State Election Committee must deliver many activities and then we will see how things go. A solution must also be given to many technical aspects, which have to do with the cleansing of the electoral lists. Therefore I would like to say that the new composition of the Commission, doesn’t imply the full implementation of the electoral law. We need a Commission based on legal principles, which meets all the legal criteria, in order for us to say that this commission is able to play its role.

Does this mean that the delays with the creation of the State Election Commission will lead to a postponement of the elections? Such rumors have also been issued by political analysts.

For the time being, we cannot bring conclusions. We can only say that the election of the Commission doesn’t imply that this commission is operative in holding normal elections.

As a commission for the investigation of the wiretapping affair, will you coordinate with the new Special Prosecution, which has opened this case and is one of the competent institutions for the investigation of the wiretapping affair and the content of the registered conversations?

From the prosecution, we will demand information and data. But, based on our knowledge, public prosecution is not very functional. You know that special prosecutor has invited the government in different occasions to approve the bill on the services of the Public Prosecution. This is also a newly created institution and we cannot say that it has the full capacity to meet all legal obligations. This prosecution doesn’t have a supporting team.

Based on the June 2 agreement, the resignation of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and the election of an interim PM, who will organize the 24 April 2016 elections, is the last condition. Do you have information about the accurate date of resignation of PM Nikola Gruevski?

We don’t have accurate information, but we are expecting Gruevski to delay his decisions. But, based on the deadline, the technical government should be appointed 100 days prior to the elections and this is expected to happen on 15 January. Parliament must appoint the new government.

24 April 2016 is election day. What elections does the country need?

I repeat, what is important for SDSM is that elections are free and democratic and we will not allow any electoral fraud. /ibna/