North Macedonia: The government is laying the groundwork for the elections

North Macedonia: The government is laying the groundwork for the elections

It seems certain that early elections are imminent as the government approved amendments to the decree on Wednesday that froze the electoral process. With many loans from the Interior Ministry, the State Election Commission, the Statistics Office and the Ministry of Health, the government is laying the groundwork for the election, 22 days after the state of emergency was lifted. The government’s decision was not unanimous, with Interior Minister Nake Culev voting against it, the statement said.

What do these changes in the decree contain?

First, the Interior Ministry is obliged, within one day from the date of entry into force of this decree, to submit to the State Electoral Commission (SEC) the data from Article 43 (6) of the Electoral Code, ie the list of citizens who have applied for issuance of a new identity card or passport for any reason and which have been received from the day of the announcement of the elections until the day of entry into force of this decree. Also, the Ministry of the Interior will have to submit a list of persons who will turn 18 by the day of the elections, ie the twenty-second day from the lifting of the state of emergency.

Second, the decree stipulates that the SEC enters the data for these individuals on the electoral list of voters automatically.

Thirdly, the courts and the Secretariat, within three days from the date of entry into force of this decree, are obliged to submit to the SEC the data for the citizens, including the date of entry into force of this decree.

Fourth, on the date of entry into force of this decree, the SEC and the State Statistics Service are required to continue their efforts to update the voter list, which expired on March 21, 2020.

Fifth, on the day of entry into force of this decree, the SEC is obliged to undertake and carry out all the necessary technical and administrative activities for the preparation of the remaining electoral activities, in accordance with the Electoral Code.

Sixth, the Ministry of Health is obliged, in accordance with the established protocols of the Commission on Infectious Diseases, for the needs of the elections and after receiving data from the SEC, to provide protective masks, gloves and other necessary protective equipment for all members of the electoral bodies, as well as disinfection for each polling station./ibna