North Macedonia: Citizens should check whether they are on the electoral lists, Election Commission president suggests

North Macedonia: Citizens should check whether they are on the electoral lists, Election Commission president suggests

The president of the State Election Commission of North Macedonia urges citizens to check through the Commission’s website whether or not they are on the electoral list and not wait for the State to do so.

State Election Commission (SEC) president Oliver Derkoski said in an interview with MIA that although it has not yet been announced, the Commission is preparing for the early parliamentary elections on April 12. In his interview, Derkoski noted that amendments to the Electoral Code, which have not yet begun to be applied in parliamentary procedure, should be approved as soon as possible so that they can be implemented properly.

“The Justice Ministry-led working group has been working for some time on some amendments to the Electoral Code to implement some of the OSCE and ODIHR observations, as well as some other observations from various actors involved in the electoral process”, Derkoski said. I hope that it will be completed soon and that in the end we as a Commission will have enough time to be able to prepare in time for the new amended legal standards. These things need to be done on time so that there is enough time to implement them properly, Derkoski said.

The President of the State Election Commission called on citizens to seize the opportunity today through the Commission’s website to check whether or not they are on the voter list and not wait for the data to be cross-checked.

Derkoski posthumously noted that there are no ghosts in the electoral rolls, but there are citizens over 18 who reside in North Macedonia.

The state has issued more than two million and 400 thousand citizenships and this is the list, which means that the number of one million and 800 thousand is a real number of voters on the electoral rolls, Derkoski said.

The President of the State Election Commission believes that citizens should go to the polls and exercise their right because they can only do it once every 3-4 years./ibna