Political parties meet with voters, preparations and rumors for early elections

Political parties meet with voters, preparations and rumors for early elections

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, November 14, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

There are fresh rumors in FYR Macedonia for the holding of early elections at the start of next year. All the main political parties are on field now holding meetings with their voters and unofficially admitting that this is a campaign of preparations for the possibility of holding fresh elections.

The largest party in power VMRO-DPMNE has organized 20 teams of MPs and officials to hold meetings in 252 villages in the entire territory of the country and meetings with the citizens. But, the MP and head of the parliamentary group of this party, Ilija Dimovski says that this campaign doesn’t necessarily mean preparations for fresh elections.

“This has nothing to do with the elections, but to be acquainted with the problems of the citizens and in order to find solutions”, said Dimovski, who a month ago declared that their party would hold elections in case the Macedonian opposition doesn’t put an end to the boycott and if it doesn’t return to parliament.

The holding of early elections also comes as a request from the Macedonian opposition, but along with it, the opposition has a number of other requests such as: the formation of a technical interim government, amendment of the electoral code and the holding of fresh early elections.

Kire Naumov, senior representative of the Macedonian Social Democratic Union (LSDM), says that the opposition is ready to hold early elections, but only if its demands are met, otherwise, elections will be boycotted too.

“It’s pointless to participate in elections organized by this government, when the result is known. We demand the formation of a technical government, which will hold fresh elections”, says Naumov.

But, party in power, VMRO-DPMNE has refused these demands issued by the opposition, but on the other hand, it also doesn’t rule out the possibility of holding fresh elections.

Meanwhile, political parties are unofficially holding intensive activities on the field in order to make preparations for the possibility of fresh elections.

Largest Albanian opposition party PDSH (Albanian Democratic Party) says that elections in FYROM may be unavoidable, due to the current political crisis.

“We have great political instability, where elections are imminent. PDSH is getting ready for these new political challenges”, declare the head of PDSH, Orhan Ibrahimi.

Former MP and general secretary of the opposition party RDK (National Democratic Renaissance), Izet Zeqiri says that the country may hold fresh elections.

“There may be elections and we don’t rule them out, but only if there will not be business deals between the two political parties in power VMRO-DPMNE and BDI. They will calculate their strategies as to how to remain in power, like they did in the last elections. They may play the same scenario even now, by planning fresh elections”, says Izet Beqiri.

Analysts believe that at a time when the majority is very strong and the opposition very weak, then it’s hard to have a political rotation in FYROM.

Analyst Zoran Ivanov told IBNA that the country doesn’t need early elections, as current political parties in power will win the elections again with the mechanisms and the power that they have. He expresses his concern that FYROM is being led by a majority that controls everything and it’s difficult to challenge it.

“No opposition is expected to exist in totalitarian regimes. The opposition doesn’t do anything here for change of power. There’s no freedom and we need resistance or a movement within the opposition”, says Ivanov.

The last early elections in FYROM were held on April 27 of this year along with presidential elections. But, a day after the results were announced, the opposition didn’t recognize them, accusing the majority led by PM Nikola Gruevski of rigging the election. /ibna/