SEC issues the MP mandates, Macedonian opposition refused

SEC issues the MP mandates, Macedonian opposition refused

Skopje, May 7, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

State Election Commission (SEC) in Skopje distributed today the certificates for MPs who won in the early parliamentary elections of April 27 in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Like it had warned, Macedonia opposition boycotted this act. Meanwhile, the chairman and other members of SEC from the ranks of the Macedonian opposition were not present at the ceremony. The certificates were handed out by the vice chairman of the Commission, Subhi Jakupi.

“On behalf of SEC, I’d like to congratulate you on your election as MPs in the 2014-2018 parliamentary term. At the same time, we’d like to inform you that SEC has done everything in the technical and administrative aspect to hold free and fair elections”, said Subhi Jakupi, vice chairman of SEC.

On behalf of the “For a better Macedonia” coalition led by VMRO-DPMNE, Liliana Popovska said that these elections reflect the will of the citizens.

She criticized the opposition for its decision not to recognize the result of the election. “The refusal of an MP mandate is serious and I think that this is a lack of respect for the vote of the citizens. I believe that it’s in the interest of a stable and democratic Macedonia for both majority and opposition to participate in parliament”, said Liliana Popovska.

The certificates were not received even by the leaders of the two Albanian political parties, Ali Ahmeti from BDI and the leader of PDSH, Menduh Thaci. The reason relates to their busy agenda.

The only political leader who personally received the certificate was Nikola Gruevski. Meanwhile, for the first time, SEC issued the certificates both in Macedonian and the language that the MP speaks. /ibna/