NGOs against the holding of elections on June 5

NGOs against the holding of elections on June 5

Skopje, 29 April 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

NGOs in FYROM have stressed that there are no suitable conditions yet for the holding of elections on June 5. But on the other hand, the interim prime minister, Emil Dimitriev said that all the conditions are in place for the holding of the elections and that the claims of NGOs are unfounded.

Darko Aleksov of the civil organization “MOST” said that not all of the criteria have been met to hold fair and democratic elections on June 5, underlining that the voters list does not reflect credibility among citizens of the country.

“Due to several deficiencies and violations for which MOST has long reacted now, we are sorry to say that the government and other institutions which are part of this process, have not been able to guarantee the necessary conditions to hold fair, credible and democratic elections on June 5”, Aleksov said.

Another known organization, “CIVIL” says that no conditions have been met to hold democratic elections on June 5.

CIVIL considers the situation within the State Election Commission a catastrophe, because according to this organization, this institution is ruled by threats, blackmail, political corruption, discrimination and full control of the party.

But, PM Dimitriev said that the government has taken all necessary steps to help relevant institutions to organize the elections.

“This is the positioning of one NGO and I cannot stop them from taking a positioning on particular issues, but I believe that the government has done everything to help institutions to organize the elections. State Election Commission did everything to adjust the voters’ lists and I am convinced that all conditions have been met to hold the elections on June 5”, Emil Dimitriev said.

Meanwhile, the European Union has declared that no conditions have been met to hold the elections on June 5. There are still two pending issues that Brussels demands: the full adjustment of the voters’ lists and reform in the media. Macedonian and Albanian opposition have declared that they will boycott the June 5 elections, as no conditions have been met to hold them.

Meanwhile, the only party in favor of holding elections on June 5 is VMRO-DPMNE led by Nikola Gruevski. Its Albanian partner, BDI (Democratic Union for Integration), made it clear that it will not participate in these elections.

Meanwhile, OSCE and ODIHR have started their mission at the beginning of this month for the elections scheduled on June 5. /balkaneu.com/