Elections 2019

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

06.05.2019, Skopje

 

 

THE SECOND ELECTION ROUND WAS CONDUCTED

IN A FAIR AND DEMOCRATIC ATMOSPHERE

 

 

The preliminary assessment of the Citizens Association MOST is that in the second election the citizens, this time in a larger number, freely expressed their will, while the voting was conducted in a fair and democratic atmosphere. Only few isolated cases of irregularities were noticed during the Election Day which did not influence the quality of the election process.

 

 

Election campaign

The campaign between the two rounds was also conducted in a mostly relaxed atmosphere with few instances of hate speech and presence of minors at campaign events. Between the two rounds there were again debates between the candidates by which the citizens were able to make an informed choice.

 

 

Prevention of misuse of state resources for the election campaign

Between the two rounds the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) adjudicated upon 4 complaints from VMRO-DPMNE in regards to misuse of state resources, and rejected all of them. MOST welcomes the behavior of the SCPC on these elections because it showed how the institutions which are responsible for the protection of the rule of law should perform.

 

Voters list

Even though on these elections the number of citizens who could not be found in the Voters list was not high, still MOST repeats its recommendation that the institutions should, as soon as possible, remove the long-standing systemic problems in maintaining and updating the Voters’ List.

 

 

Election administration

Even though the SEC continued the positive practice from the referendum and during the adjudication upon complaints there was no voting along party lines, still in four cases the SEC annulled the voting without inspecting the entire election material, which is an obligation prescribed with the Election Code. Additionally, one complaint was rejected in spite of the fact that there was a remark in the protocol from the polling station that pointed out that the election board did not conduct the voting in accordance with the Election Code.

 

 

Early voting

MOST monitored the voting at 64 polling stations where 325 ill and disabled persons were registered for voting and no serious irregularities were noticed.

 

The voting of the persons in prisons was also conducted orderly, except for the fact that 277 persons were not registered in the Voters List. This number points to the need of comprehensive addressing of the challenge with the issuing of personal documents to this persons, in order for them to be registered in the Voters List and to be able to exercise their right to vote.

 

 

Projection of the results according to the PVT program

According to the data received by the PVT (Parallel Vote Tabulation) software, which is a mathematical–statistical scientific method, the voters’ turnout was 46,55% with a margin of error of +/- 0,5%. The percentage of invalid ballots is 3,56%.

Out of the total number of votes, for the second round of the presidential elections the following results with a maximal margin of error of +/- 0,5% were obtained:

  1. Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova – 44,93%
  1. Stevo Pendarovski – 51,51%

 

Comparison of the results from the PVT program with the official results published by the SEC

 

Margin of error +/- 0,5% Turnout Invalid ballots Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova Stevo Pendarovski
SEC 46,70% 3,60% 44,73% 51,66%
MOST 46,55% 3,56% 44,93% 51,51%
Difference 0,15% 0,04% -0,20% 0,15%

 

 

MOST would like to extend gratitude to all citizens who selflessly helped the efforts of a domestic, non-partisan observation of the elections, as well as to all supporters who helped the mission of the Citizens Association MOST.

About the MOST monitoring mission

The Citizens Association MOST started the election monitoring activities on 1 April, 2019. MOST deployed 70 long-term observers in all municipalities across the country who followed all aspects of the process. MOST observed the Election Day with 1,160 observers, thereby covering approx. 33% of the total number of polling stations. The voting of the ill and disabled persons and the persons in home custody was monitored with 87 observers in the first round and 48 observers in the second round, while 12 observers were monitoring the voting in the penitentiary institutions. The work of the State Election Commission and the municipal electoral commissions was observed as well.

 

MOST observers were static, and monitored the voting process throughout the entire day. In addition to the static observers at the polling stations, the Citizens Association MOST also deployed 100 mobile teams consisting of 2 observers each, who served as a logistical support for the static observers and occasionally observed the polling stations in which MOST did not deploy static observers.

 

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this Release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST, phone 02/30 99 384

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRESS RELEASE – 17:00 o’clock

05.05.2019, Skopje

 

According to the confirmed information received from the observers and the regional offices of MOST, the following has been noticed:

  • At PS 1049/1, in Kumanovo, a voter wanted to leave the polling station without being marked with the invisible spray. Police were summoned and, with their assistance, the voter was marked with the spray.
  • In front of PS 0876 in Cheshinovo-Obleshevo there was a quarrel between two observers of a different candidates. Namely, one observer was accused by the other observer that he was directing the voters where to vote, i.e in which room to vote. The other representatives of the candidates who were in front of the polling station have joined the quarrel after which the police intervened, identified the two observers, and removed them from the place. During the event, the voting was conducted orderly.
  • At PS 1354 in Prilep, around 13:30 o’clock, two members of the election board were absent for 10 minutes, during which observers of the candidates’ have been marking the voters with the invisible spray.

According to the data obtained from the PVT program (parallel vote tabulation), which is a mathematical-statistical scientific method, the voter turnout until 14:00 o’clock was 26,3%, until 15:00 o’clock it was 30,6%, while until 16:00 o’clock it was 34,8%.

The next press-conference will be held at 19:00 o’clock.

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this press-release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST Tel. 02/30 99 384

 

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRESS RELEASE – 21:00 o’clock

05.05.2019, Skopje

 

 

The Citizens Association MOST monitored the elections with more than 1.500 observers. 1.160 observers were deplpyed at 1.160 PSs, selected in accordance with a random representative sample, thereby covering 33% of the total number of the PS in the Republic of North Macedonia.

 

According to the data received by the PVT (Parallel Vote Tabulation) software, the voters’ turnout was 46,55%, with a margin error of +/- 0.5. The percentage of invalid ballots is 3.56%.

 

From the total number of ballots, the following results were obtained with a maximum margin of error of +/- 0.5%:

  1. Gordana Siljanovska – Davkova – 44,93%
  2. Stevo Pendarovski – 51,51%

The Citizens Association MOST will announce the preliliminary statement about the elections on a press-conference that will be held tomorrow, while the time will be additionally announced.

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this press-release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST Tel. 02/30 99 384

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRESS RELEASE – 17:00 o’clock

05.05.2019, Skopje

 

According to the confirmed information received from the observers and the regional offices of MOST, the following has been noticed:

  • At PS 1049/1, in Kumanovo, a voter wanted to leave the polling station without being marked with the invisible spray. Police were summoned and, with their assistance, the voter was marked with the spray.
  • In front of PS 0876 in Cheshinovo-Obleshevo there was a quarrel between two observers of a different candidates. Namely, one observer was accused by the other observer that he was directing the voters where to vote, i.e in which room to vote. The other representatives of the candidates who were in front of the polling station have joined the quarrel after which the police intervened, identified the two observers, and removed them from the place. During the event, the voting was conducted orderly.
  • At PS 1354 in Prilep, around 13:30 o’clock, two members of the election board were absent for 10 minutes, during which observers of the candidates’ have been marking the voters with the invisible spray.

According to the data obtained from the PVT program (parallel vote tabulation), which is a mathematical-statistical scientific method, the voter turnout until 14:00 o’clock was 26,3%, until 15:00 o’clock it was 30,6%, while until 16:00 o’clock it was 34,8%.

The next press-conference will be held at 19:00 o’clock.

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this press-release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST Tel. 02/30 99 384

 

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRESS RELEASE – 19:00 o’clock

05.05.2019, Skopje

 

MOST has monitored the second round of the 2019 presidential elections with static observers, covering 33% of the total number of polling stations. During the day, for all observed irregularities, MOST reported on four press-conferences. In the period from 17:00 to 19:00 o’clock, according to the confirmed information, the following was noticed:

  • At PS 2659 in the municipality of Kisela Voda, a voter photographed the ballot, wherein there was a reaction by the EB and police were called up. The ballot was invalidated, while the voting was interrupted for a period of 15 minutes.
  • At PS 0506/1 in the village of Chegrane, Municipality of Gostivar, 13 voters were not checked with the UV lamp, 8 voters were not marked with the invisible spray, and 4 cases of family voting were noticed.

According to the data obtained from the PVT program (parallel voting tabulation), which is a mathematical-statistical method, the voter turnout until 17:00 o’clock was 38.8%, while unti 18:00 o’clock it was 42.7%.

The last press conference on which MOST will report on the results of the PVT program for the voter turnout and the distribution of votes will be additionally scheduled.

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this press-release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST Tel. 02/30 99 384

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRESS RELEASE – 17:00 o’clock

05.05.2019, Skopje

 

According to the confirmed information received from the observers and the regional offices of MOST, the following has been noticed:

  • At PS 1049/1, in Kumanovo, a voter wanted to leave the polling station without being marked with the invisible spray. Police were summoned and, with their assistance, the voter was marked with the spray.
  • In front of PS 0876 in Cheshinovo-Obleshevo there was a quarrel between two observers of a different candidates. Namely, one observer was accused by the other observer that he was directing the voters where to vote, i.e in which room to vote. The other representatives of the candidates who were in front of the polling station have joined the quarrel after which the police intervened, identified the two observers, and removed them from the place. During the event, the voting was conducted orderly.
  • At PS 1354 in Prilep, around 13:30 o’clock, two members of the election board were absent for 10 minutes, during which observers of the candidates’ have been marking the voters with the invisible spray.

According to the data obtained from the PVT program (parallel vote tabulation), which is a mathematical-statistical scientific method, the voter turnout until 14:00 o’clock was 26,3%, until 15:00 o’clock it was 30,6%, while until 16:00 o’clock it was 34,8%.

The next press-conference will be held at 19:00 o’clock.

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this press-release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST Tel. 02/30 99 384

 

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRESS RELEASE – 17:00 o’clock

05.05.2019, Skopje

 

According to the confirmed information received from the observers and the regional offices of MOST, the following has been noticed:

  • At PS 1049/1, in Kumanovo, a voter wanted to leave the polling station without being marked with the invisible spray. Police were summoned and, with their assistance, the voter was marked with the spray.
  • In front of PS 0876 in Cheshinovo-Obleshevo there was a quarrel between two observers of a different candidates. Namely, one observer was accused by the other observer that he was directing the voters where to vote, i.e in which room to vote. The other representatives of the candidates who were in front of the polling station have joined the quarrel after which the police intervened, identified the two observers, and removed them from the place. During the event, the voting was conducted orderly.
  • At PS 1354 in Prilep, around 13:30 o’clock, two members of the election board were absent for 10 minutes, during which observers of the candidates’ have been marking the voters with the invisible spray.

According to the data obtained from the PVT program (parallel vote tabulation), which is a mathematical-statistical scientific method, the voter turnout until 14:00 o’clock was 26,3%, until 15:00 o’clock it was 30,6%, while until 16:00 o’clock it was 34,8%.

The next press-conference will be held at 19:00 o’clock.

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this press-release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST Tel. 02/30 99 384

 

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRESS RELEASE – 17:00 o’clock

05.05.2019, Skopje

 

According to the confirmed information received from the observers and the regional offices of MOST, the following has been noticed:

  • At PS 1049/1, in Kumanovo, a voter wanted to leave the polling station without being marked with the invisible spray. Police were summoned and, with their assistance, the voter was marked with the spray.
  • In front of PS 0876 in Cheshinovo-Obleshevo there was a quarrel between two observers of a different candidates. Namely, one observer was accused by the other observer that he was directing the voters where to vote, i.e in which room to vote. The other representatives of the candidates who were in front of the polling station have joined the quarrel after which the police intervened, identified the two observers, and removed them from the place. During the event, the voting was conducted orderly.
  • At PS 1354 in Prilep, around 13:30 o’clock, two members of the election board were absent for 10 minutes, during which observers of the candidates’ have been marking the voters with the invisible spray.

According to the data obtained from the PVT program (parallel vote tabulation), which is a mathematical-statistical scientific method, the voter turnout until 14:00 o’clock was 26,3%, until 15:00 o’clock it was 30,6%, while until 16:00 o’clock it was 34,8%.

The next press-conference will be held at 19:00 o’clock.

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this press-release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST Tel. 02/30 99 384

 

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRESS RELEASE – 14:00 o’clock

05.05.2019, Skopje

 

THE VOTING TAKES PLACE IN A PEACEFUL ATMOSPHERE – TWO ISOLATED IRREGULARITIES HAVE BEEN NOTICED

According to the confirmed information received from the observers and the regional offices of MOST, the following has been noticed:

  • At the polling station (PS) 2248/1 in Stip, reading aloud of the name of the voters was noticed.
  • In front of PS 0934 in Kratovo, presence of an unauthorized person was noticed. Police were summoned and they have removed the person from outside the polling station.

According to the data obtained from the PVT program (parallel vote tabulation), which stands as a mathematical-statistical scientific method, the voter turnout until 11:00 o’clock was 11,2%, until 12:00 o’clock it was 16,2%, while until 13:00 o’clock it was 21,3%.

The next press-conference will be held at 17:00 o’clock.

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this press-release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST Tel. 02/30 99 384

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRESS RELEASE – 11:00 o’clock

05.05.2019, Skopje

 

According to the confirmed information received from the observers and the regional offices of MOST, the voting takes place in best order, without registered irregularities.

According to the data obtained from the PVT program (parallel vote tabulation), which is a mathematical-statistical scientific method, the voter turnout until 09:00 o’clock was 3,6%, while until 10:00 o’clock it was 6,6%.

 

The next press-conference will be held at 14:00 o’clock.

 

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this press-release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST Tel. 02/30 99 384

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRESS RELEASE – 09:00 o’clock

05.05.2019, Skopje

 

 

 

The Citizens Association MOST follows today’s vote with more than 1,500 observers. At 1,160 polling stations, selected according to a random and representative sample, the same number of observers are deployed, by which 33% of the total number of polling stations in the Republic of North Macedonia are covered.

 

MOST observers are static, and will monitor the voting process throughout the entire day. In addition, MOST has also deployed 100 mobile teams, consisting of 2 observers, which will serve as logistical support for the static observers, and occasionally will observe the PSs where MOST has no static observers. Additionally, 80 observers will monitor the work of the municipal election commissions, while the work of the State Election Commission will also be monitored.

 

Аs in the previous election processes, the Citizens Association MOST is implementing the project in accordance with the Declaration on Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations and the other internationally recognized standards for domestic monitoring.

 

According to the information from the observers and regional coordinators, all polling stations where MOST has deployed their observers are open on time, and so far no irregularities have been noticed in the conduct of the voting procedure.

 

During the day, citizens may use the free-of-charge phone line 080 080 080 to report potential irregularities or to give information regarding the voting process.

 

We emphasize that an MOST observer is only a citizen who wears a yellow t-shirt on which the MOST logo and “Monitoring 2019” are printed on the front left side, possesses a SEC accreditation and a MOST authorization exclusively for the second round of the elections.

 

MOST will announce all confirmed information from the monitoring of the Election Day to the public at additional four more occasions, at 11:00, at 14:00, at 17:00 and 19:00 o’clock, while the time of the last press-conference on which the results of the PVT program for the turnout and distribution of the votes will be presented will be additionally announced.

 

 

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor in Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by: the British Embassy in Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the USAID’s Citizen Participation Project.

 

The views in this press release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the project’s supporters.

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST Tel. 02/30 99 384

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRESS RELEASE

20.04.2019, Skopje

 

MOST will observe the second round of the elections with more than 1.500 observers

 

The Citizens Association MOST will monitor the second round of the elections with more than 1.500 observers. 1.160 observers will be deplpyed at 1.160 PSs, selected in accordance with a random representative sample, thereby covering 33% of the total number of the PS in the Republic of North Macedonia.

MOST observers will be static ones, and they will be monitoring the voting process at the polling stations during the entire day. Additionally, there will be 100 mobile teams – consisting of 2 observers – deployed as logistical support to the static observers and monitoring the voting process at the polling stations that are not covered by MOST static observers.

80 observers will observe the work of the municipal election commissions, while the work of the State Election Commission will be monitored as well.

Besides the tomorrow’s voting, today MOST monitors the early voting of the ill and disabled persons, internally displaced persons, and the voting of the persons who are in custody or serving prison sentence.

As it was the case in the previous election processes, Citizens Association MOST conducts this project according to the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations and according to the other internationally recognized standards for domestic monitoring.

 

The yellow short-sleeve T-shirts with printed “Monitoring 2019” and the MOST logo on the left front side, as well as special MOST authorizations for the second round and SEC accreditation cards placed visibly will be the recognizable marks of the citizens who are part of the Citizens Association MOST monitoring team as domestic observers. The markings of the observers differ from the ones from the previous years. In this direction MOST underlines that an observer of MOST is only a citizen who possesses yellow T-shirt and an authorization for the second round and an accreditation from the SEC only for these elections.

During the Elections Day, citizens may use the free-of-charge phone line 080 080 080 to report potential irregularities or to give information regarding the voting process.

MOST will announce all confirmed information from the monitoring of the Election Day to the public at five press conferences, held at the hotel Aleksandar Palace at 9:00, 11:00, 14:00, 17:00 and 19:00 o’clock. An additional press-conference will be scheduled after the closing of the polling stations, on which the results from the parallel vote tabulation (PVT) will be announced.

The Citizens Association MOST appeals for a peaceful, fair and democratic election process.

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this Release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

For additional information please call Citizens Association MOST Phone 02/30 99 384

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

22.04.2019, Skopje

 

 

THE FIRST ELECTION ROUND WAS CONDUCTED

IN A FAIR AND DEMOCRATIC ATMOSPHERE

 

 

The preliminary assessment of the Citizens Association MOST is that the first election round was conducted in a fair and democratic atmosphere. Yet again, the citizens participated in an election process in which they could freely express their will. Only few isolated cases of irregularities were noticed during the Election Day which did not influence the quality of the election process and upon which there was an appropriate reaction by the competent bodies.

 

 

Election campaign

The campaign has been conducted in a mostly relaxed atmosphere. For the first time there were no incidents that influenced the atmosphere in which the campaign was conducted, which is to be welcomed. The campaign was marked by an increased number of direct meetings with citizens and a higher intensity of the so-called door-to-door campaigning activities, including in the rural areas. Only few instances of hate speech and presence of minors at campaign events were noticed. For the first time in a while we were witnesses of several debates between the candidates by which the citizens were able to make an informed choice.

 

 

Prevention of misuse of state resources for the election campaign

MOST welcomes the publication of the register of official vehicles by the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) since it helped interested stakeholders (media and observers) to monitor and identify potential misuse of the official vehicles for campaign purposes.

 

The SCPC adjudicated upon 13 complaints from VMRO-DPMNE in regards to misuse of state resources, accepting 3 of them. The behavior of the SCPC is to be welcomed and contributed towards greater vigilance of the other institutions, but it has to be underlined that the decisions have to be adopted in accordance with the provisions in the Election Code and the Law on Prevention of Corruption and Conflict of Interest, which was confirmed by the adjudication upon the lawsuits by the Administrative Court.

Voters list

Even though on these elections the number of citizens who could not be found in the Voters list was not high, still MOST repeats its recommendation that the institutions should, as soon as possible, remove the long-standing systemic problems in maintaining and updating the Voters’ List.

 

 

Election administration

SEC worked in an efficient and collegial atmosphere and made all decisions unanimously. The transparency of its work is positively assessed, taking into consideration that all of its sessions were public, with a remark about the late publication of several minutes from the SEC’s session on the Internet.

 

The proactiveness of the SEC and its commitments for improving the work of the election administration is also positively assessed, this time through the preparation of special instruction manuals for filling the protocols, as well as with the adoption of the instruction for the work of the municipal election commissions and the election boards, which was one of the long-standing recommendations of MOST. However, with regard to the training of the electoral administration, there were some omissions noted in the education manual, as well in the video manual.

 

The SEC conducted field campaign for education of the voters, which was also one of the recommendations of MOST from the previous election cycles.

 

During the election process SEC was faced with a hacker attack on its web-page and its servers, which impacted the communication with the stakeholders and the observers.

 

Although the SEC adopted an instruction for the work of the municipal election commissions in which it precisely defined their competencies and manner of work, they, with few exceptions, were again not willing to cooperate with the MOST observers and did not always inform the observers about the sessions, or held so-called working meetings.

 

 

Early voting

MOST monitored the voting of 433 registered ill and disabled persons by 92 election boards. As it was the case in the past, there were few cases when the secrecy of the vote was violated, i.e. persons were present in the same room where the voting was conducted.

The voting of the persons in prisons was also conducted orderly, except for the fact that 232 persons could not be found in the Voters List due to invalid personal identification documents.

 

 

Legal framework

The Election Code was amended during elections. The amendment allowed the candidates proposed by group of voters (such were all three candidates on the presidential elections) to be entitled to paid political advertising in the media, taking into consideration that the previous provisions pertained only to political parties. The President of the Republic did not sign the promulgation of the law so the law could not enter into force.

 

 

Projection of the results according to the PVT program

According to the data received by the PVT (Parallel Vote Tabulation) software, which is a mathematical–statistical scientific method, the voters’ turnout was 41,67% with a margin of error of +/- 0,5%. The percentage of invalid ballots is 4,33%.

Out of the valid ballots, for the first round of the presidential elections the following results with a maximal margin of error of +/- 0,5% were obtained:

  1. Blerim Reka – 10,98%
  2. Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova – 44,32%
  1. Stevo Pendarovski – 44,7%

 

Even though the results of the first two candidates were within the margin of error, MOST still managed to accurately project the results and the order of the candidates according to the won votes, compared with the initial results published on the SEC’s web-page.

 

MOST would like to extend gratitude to all citizens who selflessly helped the efforts of a domestic, non-partisan observation of the elections and who participated in the big family of MOST, as well as to all supporters who assisted the mission of the Citizens Association MOST.

 

 

About the MOST monitoring mission

The Citizens Association MOST started the election monitoring activities on 1 April, 2019. MOST deployed 80 long-term observers in all municipalities across the country who followed all aspects of the process. MOST observed the Election Day with 1,160 observers, thereby covering approx. 33% of the total number of polling stations. 87 observers were engaged for monitoring the voting of the ill and disabled persons and the persons in home custody, while 12 observers were monitoring the voting in the penitentiary institutions. The work of the State Election Commission and the municipal electoral commissions was observed as well.

 

MOST observers were static, and monitored the voting process throughout the entire day. In addition to the static observers at the polling stations, the Citizens Association MOST also deployed 100 mobile teams consisting of 2 observers each, who served as a logistical support for the static observers and occasionally observed the polling stations in which MOST did not deploy static observers.

 

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this Release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST, phone 02/30 99 384

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRESS RELEASE

21.04.2019, Skopje

 

The Citizens Association MOST monitored the elections with more than 1.500 observers. 1.160 observers were deplpyed at 1.160 PSs, selected in accordance with a random representative sample, thereby covering 33% of the total number of the PS in the Republic of North Macedonia.

According to the data received by the PVT (Parallel Vote Tabulation) software, which is a mathematical–statistical scientific method, the voters’ turnout was 41,67% with a margin of error of +/- 0,5%. The percentage of invalid ballots is 4,33%.

Out of the valid ballots, for the first round of the presidential elections the following results with a maximal margin of error of +/- 0,5% were received:

  1. Blerim Reka – 10,98%
  2. Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova – 44,32%
  3. Stevo Pendarovski – 44,7%

 

NOTE: Due to the fact that that the results for the first two candidates are in the margin of error, WE UNDERLINE that there may be a change in the official results regarding the order of the candidates according to the won votes.

The Citizens Association MOST will announce the preliliminary statement about the elections on a press-conference that will be held tomorrow.

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this Release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

For additional information please call Citizens Association MOST Phone 02/30 99 384

ELECTIONS 2019

 

Press release – 19:00

21.04.2019, Skopje

 

 

According to the confirmed information received from the observers and the regional offices of MOST:

 

  • Photographing voting ballots was registered at 3 polling stations – PS 1515 in the village of Obrshani, municipality of Krivogashtani, PS 1969 in Tetovo and PS 1080 in the village Tromedja, municipality of Kumanovo. In all these cases, an appropriate reaction by the EB and the police was noticed. The EBs have made official records, and the police has detained these voters.
  • At PS 2778 in the municipality of Kisela Voda, while the EB was checking whether a certain voter was registered in the Voters List, he already encircled the ballot, but before putting the ballot in the baloot box, the EB has noticed that the voter was not registered in the Voters List. The EB did not allow him to put the ballot in the ballot box, but after consulting the MEC, the EB has annuled the ballot by tearing-off the bottom right corner.
  • The PS 0497 in the village Novo Selo, the municipality of Mavrovo and Rostusha, 8 ballots were torn-off together with the serial number. The MEC has instructed the EB, after the end of the voting, to tear-off the serial numbers of these ballots and to affix them to the ballot stub.
  • On PS 0771, village Kozica, municipality of Kicevo, which is located at the same premises with PS 0770, a ballot of PS 0771 was mistakenly placed in the ballot box for PS 0770. The MEC instructed the case to be entered in the official protocol.
  • On PS 0219, village Dobrushevo, municipality of Mogila, a voter pushed the ballot box on the ground, by which one of the security seals on the ballot box was damaged. The MECs and the police were summoned and the person was detained. The vote was interrupted for a period of 20 minutes, after which it continued.
  • At PS 0947 in Kriva Palanka, 3 citizens were not registered in the Voters’ List, while at PS 1320 in the village Velmaj, municipality of Debarca, the number of such citizens is 10.

 

According to the data obtained from the PVT program (parallel vote tabulation), which stands as a mathematical-statistical scientific method, until 14 o’clock the voter turnout was 25,1%, until 15 o’clock it was 28,7%, until 16 o’clock it was 31,8%, until 17 o’clock it was 34,9%, while until 18 o’clock it was 38,2%.

 

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this press-release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST Tel. 02/30 99 384

ELECTIONS 2019

 

Press release – 14:00

21.04.2019, Skopje

 

 

 

THE VOTING TAKES PLACE ORDERLY, WITHOUT SERIOUS IRREGULARITIES

 

 

According to the confirmed information received from the observers and the regional offices of MOST, the voting takes place orderly, without serious irregularities.

 

Only at two polling stations isolated irregularities were noticed:

 

  • At PS 2805/1 in municipality Center, at the beginning of the voting process, three voting ballots were torn-off together with the serial number of the ballot.

 

  • At PS 1385/1 in Prilep, after one voter voted, it was found that he was not registered in the Voters List, but he voted along with his wife who was registered in the Voters’ List and who signed into it.

 

 

According to the data obtained from the PVT program (parallel vote tabulation), which is as a mathematical-statistical scientific method, the voter turnout until 11 o’clock was 11,2%, until 12 o’clock it was 15,9%, and until 13 o’clock it was 20,8%.

 

The next press-conference will be held at 19:00 o’clock

 

 

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this press-release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST Tel. 02/30 99 384

ELECTIONS 2019

 

Press release – 11:00

21.04.2019, Skopje

 

 

 

MOST denies the information which appeared in the media that at the first press-conference held at 9:00 am, it was reported that the voting was interrupted due to nonfunctionality of a UV lamp and a graffiti with political content. At the first press conference, MOST reported only for the polling station 2344 in the municipality of Studenichani. Please note that MOST’s official announcements are sent via the official email press@most.org.mk. According to the confirmed information received from the observers and the regional offices of MOST, the following was noticed at the polling stations:

 

  • PS 2344 in the municipality of Studenicani did not open until 10 o’clock, and therefore, the voting at this PS will not continue today;
  • At the PS 0531, village Zdunje, municipality of Gostivar, a member of the electoral board has torn-off the first three ballots together with the serial number, and the same were used for voting. The Municipal Election Commission was informed, an official record was made and the voting continued.

 

According to the data obtained from the PVT program (parallel vote tabulation), which is a mathematical-statistical scientific method, the voter turnout until 9 o’clock was 3,7%, while until 10 o’clock it was 6,6%.

 

The next press-conference will be held at 14:00 o’clock

 

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this press-release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST Tel. 02/30 99 384

ELECTIONS 2019

 

Press release – 09:00

21.04.2019 , Skopje

 

 

 

The Citizens Association MOST follows today’s vote with more than 1,500 observers. At 1,160 polling stations, selected according to a random and representative sample, the same number of observers are deployed, by which 33% of the total number of polling stations in the Republic of North Macedonia are covered.

 

MOST observers are static, and will monitor the voting process throughout the entire day. In addition, MOST has also deployed 100 mobile teams, consisting of 2 observers, which will serve as logistical support for the static observers, and occasionally will observe the PSs where MOST has no static observers. Additionally, 80 observers will monitor the work of the municipal election commissions, while the work of the State Election Commission will also be monitored.

 

Аs in the previous election processes, the Citizens Association MOST is implementing the project in accordance with the Declaration on Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations and the other internationally recognized standards for domestic monitoring.

 

According to the information from the observers and the regional coordinators, all PSs where MOST has deployed its observers are opened, except for the PS 2344 in the municipality of Studenichani, because the person who has the key from the premises where the PS is located is refusing to unlock it. The other observers are at the PSs and have not noticed any problems during the monitoring process.

 

During the day, citizens may use the free-of-charge phone line 080 080 080 to report potential irregularities or to give information regarding the voting process.

 

We stress once again that an observer of MOST is only a citizen who wears yellow T-shirt, an accreditation from the SEC and an authorization from MOST only for these elections.

 

MOST will announce all confirmed information from the monitoring of the Election Day to the public at additional three press conferences, at 11:00, at 14:00 and 19:00, while the time of the last press-conference on which the results of the PVT program for the turnout and distribution of the votes will be presented will be additionally announced.

 

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this press-release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

For additional information: Citizens Association MOST Tel. 02/30 99 384

ELECTIONS 2019

 

PRESS RELEASE

20.04.2019, Skopje

 

MOST will observe the elections with more than 1.500 observers

 

The Citizens Association MOST will monitor the elections with more than 1.500 observers. 1.160 observers will be deplpyed at 1.160 PSs, selected in accordance with a random representative sample, thereby covering 33% of the total number of the PS in the Republic of North Macedonia.

MOST observers will be static ones, and they will be monitoring the voting process at the polling stations during the entire day. Additionally, there will be 100 mobile teams – consisting of 2 observers – deployed as logistical support to the static observers and monitoring the voting process at the polling stations that are not covered by MOST static observers.

80 observers will observe the work of the municipal election commissions, while the work of the State Election Commission will be monitored as well.

Besides the tomorrow’s voting, today MOST monitors the early voting of the ill and disabled persons, internally displaced persons, and the voting of the persons who are in custody or serving prison sentence.

As it was the case in the previous election processes, Citizens Association MOST conducts this project according to the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations and according to the other internationally recognized standards for domestic monitoring.

 

The yellow short-sleeve T-shirts with printed “Monitoring 2019” and the MOST logo on the left front side, as well as MOST authorizations and SEC accreditation cards placed visibly will be the recognizable marks of the citizens who are part of the Citizens Association MOST monitoring team as domestic observers. The markings of the observers differ from the ones from the previous years. In this direction MOST underlines that an observer of MOST is only a citizen who possesses yellow T-shirt and an authorization and an accreditation only for these elections.

During the Elections Day, citizens may use the free-of-charge phone line 080 080 080 to report potential irregularities or to give information regarding the voting process.

MOST will announce all confirmed information from the monitoring of the Election Day to the public at four press conferences, held at 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. An additional press-conference will be scheduled after the closing of the polling stations, on which the results from the parallel vote tabulation (PVT) will be announced.

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The project “Domestic Monitoring of the Presidential and Local Elections for Mayor of Ohrid, Novo Selo and Debar 2019” is supported by the British Embassy Skopje, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and by the USAID Civic Engagement Project.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this Release are the responsibility of MOST and do not necessarily reflect the views of the supporters of the Project.

 

For additional information please call Citizens Association MOST Phone 02/30 99 384

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