USA-EU: Effective elections with the usual irregularities

USA-EU: Effective elections with the usual irregularities

Skopje, April 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

EU delegation and US embassy to Skopje have issued today a joint press release on the parliamentary and presidential elections in FYR Macedonia.

“US and EU representatives want to congratulate the citizens of this country who exerted their right of vote in the parliamentary and presidential elections of April 27.

We share the evaluation of OSCE/ODIHR in relation to the efficient administration of these elections. The complaints that they have expressed and which are similar to those of 2011 and 2013 in relation to the biased coverage in the media and the blending of state activities with political activities, which led to unequal conditions in the elections, must be examined”, says the press statement.

The press statement further says that these endeavors must involve parties that will form the new government, cooperating with the opposition in a constructive way.

“They must focus not only in the technical administration of the elections, but also in the solution of all problems that relate to inequalities in the electoral system, because these things may jeopardize faith in the democratic process. We invite all leaders of political parties to be engaged in a constructive way in the reforms which will take forward the process of Euro Atlantic integration. EU and USA remain partner of the country in these endeavors”, says the press release of the EU and USA. /ibna/