Seven candidates in the race for the presidential chair

Presidential elections/ Photo: "Free Press", Elisaveta Bejkova

The seventh presidential election is being held in Macedonia today, and there are seven candidates in the running. 1.814.317 voters have the right to vote, of which 1.713.758 voters are registered to vote in the country, at 3.480 polling stations throughout the country. Polling stations open at 7:19 a.m., and voting lasts until XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.

Under number one on the ballot is Stevo Pendarovski, supported by SDSM and the coalition, under number two is the proposal of VMRO-DPMNE, Gordana Siljanovska, number three is the candidate of GROM - Stevcho Jakimovski. Under number four is the candidate of DUI, Bujar Osmani, under number five is Biljana Vankovska-Cvetkovska, candidate of the Left. At number six is ​​Arben Taravari from the Alliance for Albanians and at number seven is the candidate of ZNAM – Maxim Dimitrievski.

Yesterday, the sick and infirm, prisoners in Penitentiary homes and persons in detention, in old people's homes and the diaspora voted.

Presidential elections/ Infographic: "Free Press", Elisaveta Bejkova

A total of 942 observers, foreign journalists and translators were registered to monitor the elections.

As announced on the website of the SEC, as of April 19, 342 domestic and 568 foreign observers and translators have been accredited, of which the most numerous are from the OSCE/ODIHR – 375.

Among the domestic ones, the most numerous will be the observers of the Association for the Development of Social Innovations "VAKE UP" - Skopje - 182.

Apart from these organizations accredited to observe the elections, there are also the Citizens' Association CIVIl - Center for Freedom - Skopje, the Association for the Promotion and Development of an Inclusive Society Inkluziva Kumanovo, the Roma Foundation for Democracy - Skopje, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe - ad hoc committee for observation of the presidential elections in Macedonia, the National Democratic Institute for Foreign Affairs, Washington USA, the Center for the Development of Electoral Systems, Reforms and Training (training center) of the Central Election Commission of Georgia, the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Skopje, the Center for the Development of Electoral Systems , reforms and training (training center) of the Central Election Commission of Georgia and the European Association for Dialogue and Democracy – Bergen, Norway.

The elections for the head of state will be followed by 32 foreign journalists, including from the Reuters and France Press agencies, Euronews Albania, the European Press Photo Agency - EPA, Al Jazeera Balkans, Voice of America - Macedonian editorial, Top Kanal Albania - Kosovo section and others.

According to the transitional provision of the amendments to the Electoral Code, which will be applied only to the elections this year, voters will be able to vote with an identity card or a travel document whose validity has expired in the period of nine months until the day of the elections. Citizens whose personal documents expired on July 24, 2023 to April 24 for any reason, by force of law, or due to validity period, will be able to vote in the presidential elections tomorrow.

In the first round, the winner can be the candidate who won the majority of votes out of the total number of voters, ie 907.159 votes.

If no one gets the required majority in the first round, the two candidates who won the most votes in the first round go to the second round.

The second round of voting takes place within 14 days of the end of the first round of voting, in this case on May 8. The candidate who received the majority of the votes will be elected president, if more than 40 percent of the registered voters, i.e. 725.727 voters, which is provided for in the Electoral Code, went to the polls, and 362.864 voters voted for him.

If neither of the two candidates received the required number of votes in the second round, the entire election procedure is repeated.

The day of holding the presidential elections and a possible second round that will be held on May 8 together with the parliamentary elections, are non-working days for all citizens of Macedonia, in accordance with the Conclusion of the technical government.

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