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Pendarovski, Siljanovska submit presidential candidacies to SEC

SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE submitted Thursday the candidacies of Stevo Pendarovski and Gordana Siljanovska Davkova for the coming presidential elections.

Skopje, 21 March 2019 (MIA) – SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE submitted Thursday the candidacies of Stevo Pendarovski and Gordana Siljanovska Davkova for the coming presidential elections.

Aleksandar Kiracovski, head of the SDSM election HQ, submitted the presidential candidacy of Stevo Pendarovski to the State Election Commission (SEC).

“I assure you that the campaign will be peaceful and civil, reflecting our democratic society,” said Kiracovski and urged all political parties to conduct European-like campaigns that bring the best out of everyone.

SDSM submitted the candidacy using the citizens’ signatures, not the MPs’.

“We decided on using this form because it carries more weight, the 32,000 signatures supporting Stevo Pendarovski,” noted Kiracovski.

VMRO-DPMNE representatives arrived in SEC afterwards and submitted the candidacy of Gordana Siljanovska Davkova.

VMRO-DPMNE will carry out a European campaign for the coming presidential elections, said party vice-president Vlado Misajlovski after submitting the candidacy.

“We have candidate who will be accepted by the majority of citizens and we will unite in a big victory for Macedonia,” said Misajlovski.

Asked if the candidacy was submitted under the name Republic of Macedonia or the Republic of North Macedonia, he said VMRO-DPMNE is the petitioner.

“The reality is that the Government changed the name and all Macedonian terms,” said Misajlovski and added that his party would do everything in its power to restore the identity.

He committed to a European campaign, because VMRO-DPMNE sees itself as part of Europe.

Alliance for Albanians/Besa candidate Blerim Reka submitted the presidential candidacy on Tuesday. The deadline for the presidential candidacies expires at midnight.

The SEC is required to confirm the presidential candidacies within 48 hours of submission. If any irregularities are identified, nominations are returned for corrections to be made within 48 hours.

The presidential campaign begins on April 1 and ends on April 19, followed by election silence. The first election round is scheduled for April 21, while the runoff for May 5.

On March 25, the SEC will determine by lot each candidate’s official number on the ballot.

A runoff will be held if no candidate receives the required majority of votes. In this case, voters will choose between the two candidates who received the highest number of votes in the first round. The runoff campaign ends on May 3 at midnight, while voting takes place on May 5. The candidate who gets more votes in the runoff wins the elections, but only if voter turnout exceeds 40 percent. Otherwise, the entire election procedure is repeated.

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