Parties raise suspicions on voters’ lists

Parties raise suspicions on voters’ lists

Skopje, March 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Ahead of the presidential and early parliamentary elections in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, there have been suspicions for manipulation and fraud with the number of voters.

The largest opposition party LSDM (Social Democratic Macedonian League) said today (18.03) that it has filed a complaint at the State Election Commission relating to the verity of data for 20 thousand people who are on the electoral list. This number of voters belongs to 22 municipalities and communes of the country.

“We suspect that a part of these people are either dead or the majority of them no longer live in Macedonia, or the majority of them do not live in the addresses registered on the electoral list”, officially declared LSDM.

This party demands SEC to urgently verify the factual state of these people and to act in accordance with legal obligations.

The same concerns have also been expressed by the Albanian party Democratic Union for Integration (BDI). According to this party, nationals of Albania who also have a Macedonian citizenship, are part of a manipulation scheme for the presidential and parliamentary elections.

General Secretary of BDI, Abdilakim Ademi said today that a complaint has been filed to SEC with the suspicion that 453 voters from Pustec in Albania, result to be in the voters’ list.

He said that sufficient evidence has been collected for these fictitious voters, the majority of which have registered in the same addresses.

“In the Center commune, 105 citizens who have registered to vote in Tirana, but they have the same home address in the Center commune in Skopje. In the municipality of Kercova, 113 citizens have been registered to vote in Tirana, but they have the same home address in the commune of Kercova. In the commune of Prespa, 235 citizens who have been registered to vote in Tirana, but they have the same home address in the commune of Prespa. In total, 453 people who have registered to vote in the embassy of Macedonia in Tirana are contestable for us”, declared the general secretary of BDI.

BDI says that “these are the scenarios of VMRO-DPMNE, which wants to win double elections in Macedonia at any cost”.

SEC says that it will investigate and verify all this information sent by parties in relation to suspicions over fictitious voters or other suspected frauds. /ibna/