Presidential candidates in North Macedonia appeal for large turnout

Presidential candidates in North Macedonia appeal for large turnout

While there are only two days remaining in the campaign for presidential elections in North Macedonia, the two candidates Stevo Pendarovski and Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova have called for a large turnout in the polls.

Pendarovski said that a vote for him means a better perspective for everyone, it means a sure path towards European integration, reforms, progress, development and NATO integration.

On the other hand, the opposition’s candidate, Siljanovska said that voting for her means reformation of the state, because for the moment, the country is not offering its citizens a decent living.  According to her, accession talks between North Macedonia and EU will be postponed.

However, the two candidates fear that turnout in the elections will be smaller than 40%.

Prime Minister and leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev said in a TV appearance that he’s sure that the turnout will be larger.

“If turnout is smaller, then we could either reorganize elections or we could amend the Constitution for the president to be elected by parliament. However, we’re confident that the president will be elected by the people”, he said.

In order for the second round of elections to be valid, minimum turnout must be 40%. According to the State Election Commission, turnout in the first round of presidential elections was 41.8%. /ibna/