OSCE/ODIHR releases its preliminary evaluation on presidential elections

OSCE/ODIHR releases its preliminary evaluation on presidential elections

Skopje, April 14, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser pajaziti

OSCE/ODIHR mission has released today its preliminary evaluations on yesterday’s presidential elections in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The head of this mission, Geert Hienrich Ahrens declared that the April 13 elections were efficient and the electoral campaign was active.

“The elections were held in an efficient way and the electoral campaign was active. The general evaluation for the presidential election will be given after the second round”, said Mr. Ahrens.

According to him, the basic liberties during the elections were respected.

“But, added he, there have been several media which have reported in a dependant way and there hasn’t been any restriction of state activities during the campaign”.

“State political activities have not guaranteed an equal race between candidates”, said the head of the OSCE/ODIHR mission.

Ahrens has praised the administration involved in the holding of the elections and the work of the State Election Commission, by saying that they’ve done an excellent job.

Asked as to why the Mission didn’t declare that the elections were democratic, Ahrens said:  “We don’t evaluate the elections according to the black and white principle. The final evaluation of the elections will be given after the second round, which will take place on April 27”. OSCE/ODIHR has monitored these elections with 300 observers. /ibna/

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