SDSM wins in Tearca, but number of seats in parliament doesn’t change

SDSM wins in Tearca, but number of seats in parliament doesn’t change

In the voting process repeated yesterday in Tearca, Macedonian Social Democratic Union (SDSM) won 245 votes, while VMRO-DPMNE won 150 votes. Based on these results, the number of seats won on 11 December has not changed. Thus, VMRO-DPMNE has 51 seats in parliament, while SDSM has 49 seats.

The State Election Commission had decided to repeat the elections in this area of Tetovo, due to irregularities.

The two largest parties were expecting a change in the number of seats, because difference between them was only 307 votes.

If SDSM had won more votes yesterday, then this party would take a seat from VMRO-DPMNE and both parties would have 50 seats each.

After the end of the voting process last night, VMRO-DPMNE declared that according to this party, the elections had ended on 11 December.

“In spite of the many efforts, residents of Tearca didn’t allow the voting process to be rigged. Our focus now is the creation of the new government”, VMRO-DPMNE said.

Petre Silegov, spokesman of SDSM said that their party won in Tearca and that this indicates the fact that the citizens have voted for change.

“The citizens want a responsible govern which will make changes in the country. Macedonia will have a new majority which will form a new government”, Silegov said.

According to him, SDSM will be the one that will form the new government.

The voting process yesterday in Tearca went without any problems, but organizations that monitored the elections said that there were cases of votes being bought.

The Ministry of Interior said that it is investigating two cases which have been denounced. According to residents of this area, families were paid 500 to 1000 euros for their votes. Tearca is an area in the region of Tetovo with a mixed multi-ethnic population. /