Skopje, February 10, 2014/Balkan Independent News Agency
By Alba Skenderaj
State Election Commission (SEC) in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is planning to apply for the first time an indelible ink for the presidential elections which will be held in April 2014.
This is a type of ink which remains on the voter’s finger for several days, in order to avoid the possibility of electoral frauds through repeated voting.
FYROM’s neighboring country, Albania has applied this ink in the June 23, 2013 elections. On election day, voters were marked with this ink on a part of their thumb, which remained several weeks, as it had an adhesive effect on the skin, thus securing transparency due to the fear of political parties for repeated voting by an individual, a phenomenon which has been seen in past elections in Albania.
In order to obtain more information about this ink, a delegation of SEC had a meeting on Monday in Tirana (photo) with heads of the Albanian Election Commission.
SEC delegation was comprised of the chairman Nikola Rilkoski, Mr. Subhi Jakupi, vice chairman, members Violeta Duma and Bedredin Ibrahimi and Dobre Jancev, who is an adviser.
Drilona Hoxhaj, who is an adviser at the Albanian Central Election Commission told IBNA that “the meeting aimed to exchange electoral experiences, as the State Election Commission of Macedonia is preparing to hold the presidential elections in the month of April”.
The interest of the commissioners from FYR Macedonia was focused on the material and technique used by CEC as a result of the use of inedible ink for the first time.
“In a detailed way, CEC offered to the State Election Commission all the necessary technical information about the use of indedible ink during the June 23 voting process”, said Drilona Hoxhaj.
She added that “the State Election Commission of Macedonia has invited Albania CEC on an official visit to monitor the April presidential elections”.
SEC is aiming to use indedible ink in the elections, as a significant fine has been warned in case such process doesn’t happen. Up until now, transparent ink has been used in the elections, but this ink required special equipment to see if the voter had participated in the voting process.
In an effort to increase transparency and due to the fear of political parties for electoral frauds, SEC decided to introduce this new measure in the elections. /ibna/