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SEC calls on top officials to consider postponing April 12 election

Ahead of Monday's National Security Council meeting organized by President Stevo Pendarovski, the State Election Commission (SEC) has asked top officials, at a public session held on Sunday, to postpone upcoming parliamentary election, set to take place April 12. 

Skopje, 15 March 2020 (MIA) – Ahead of Monday’s National Security Council meeting organized by President Stevo Pendarovski, the State Election Commission (SEC) has asked top officials, at a public session held on Sunday, to postpone upcoming parliamentary election, set to take place April 12.

SEC members underlined at the session that the problem doesn’t lie in the single election day, but in the fact that the whole election process requires involvement of many people.

Election boards total 35,000 members, in addition to members of municipal election commissions, administrative and other staff. Replacements will have to be found for a total of 3,200 medical professionals who are members of election boards and municipal election commissions.

SEC member Janake Vitanovski called on political parties and the government to find common ground on this issue and underlined that the Commission will implement their decisions.

He added that members of the Debar and Centar Zhupa municipal election commissions have recently visited SEC headquarters. March 22, Vitanovski underlined, is too late a date to make a decision on upcoming election.

SEC member Boris Kondarko underlined the need for making a decision to postpone election at Monday’s National Security Council meeting, because election require broad public participation.

SEC president Oliver Derkoski underlined at the session that stakeholders should make a rational decision that puts public health above all else.

The Commission, he added, has reduced the number of activities and aims to conduct them electronically, however, the election process sometimes requires groups of 200-300 people to assemble at SEC headquarters at the same time.

SEC, Derkoski said, will continue activities until authorities decide otherwise.

He underlined that Sunday’s public session aims to publicly announce the Commission’s position, seeing as they are not part of the National Security Council.

Regarding a possible delay of the election, Derkoski said that MPs of the current parliamentary composition hold office until a new Parliament is formed and can assemble for a special session.

Седница на државната изборна комисија

Posted by MИА.mk on Недела, 15 март 2020

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