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SEC reaches consensual position regarding election, process must be in line with Electoral Code

State Election Commission (SEC) members have reached a consensual position regarding the election process, which they're set to submit to President Stevo Pendarovski Thursday.

Skopje, 14 May 2020 (MIA) – State Election Commission (SEC) members have reached a consensual position regarding the election process, which they’re set to submit to President Stevo Pendarovski Thursday.

Commission members, MIA reports, met Wednesday after meeting with Pendarovski and agreed that all decisions regarding the election must be in line with the Electoral Code and existing legislation.

SEC, MIA has learned, insists that the electoral roll is edited within a designated time frame and according to the law.

Commission members underlined that the government must adopt a legal act to organize SEC activities, including those related to the electoral roll.

They refused to comment how voting would be conducted, until the Committee for Infectious Diseases has presented protocols and political stakeholders have come to a decision.

SEC members previously presented to the public opposing positions regarding the election process.

Leaders of ruling and opposition political parties agreed Tuesday to hold another meeting early next week to discuss further steps regarding setting an election date, after the Committee for Infectious Diseases, the State Election Commission and the OSCE/ODIHR office are consulted.

The government is drafting a detailed protocol on how election campaign and polling day activities will be conducted, Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski said Wednesday in Shtip.

“Protocols stress the importance of social distancing and wearing protective equipment. Plans on election campaign and polling day activities are focused on preventing the number of new coronavirus cases from rising,” Spasovski said.

He expressed hopes that political parties will set next week a date for early Parliamentary election and reiterated that although pubic health is top priority, election should be held as soon as possible because we need functional institutions.

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