It seems that the fate of the elections in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will be decided by Albanians. They have complained about irregularities in the process of voting in Gostivar, which is mostly inhabited by Albanians.
After deliberating for three days, the State Election Commission (SEC) has examined all the plaints filed by political parties, by only granting the plaint filed by Besa Movement for irregularities in a polling station in Gostivar. All other requests have been rejected.
SEC decided for voting to be repeated in Gostivar, where VMRO-DPMNE may lose a seat, because the difference with SDSM is only 74 votes.
In case SDSM wins the 50th seat in Gostivar, situation in FYROM may go back to point zero, as no party has an adequate majority to form a government.
In case the court quashes SEC’s decision, then SEC must announce the final result of the elections with the figures that have come out so far: VMRO-DPMNE with 51 seats, SDSM with 49 seats, BDI with 10 seats and opposition parties with a total of 10 seats.
VMRO-DPMNE has appealed SEC ‘s decision, which granted Besa Movement’s request for voting in Gostivar to be repeated.
SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union) has also issued a plaint relating to the rejection of its requests of SEC. Now, the Administrative Court has 24 hours to decide on the requests that have been filed.
A body of five judges of the Administrative Court will decide on the requests filed by political parties. If the Administrative Court decided in favor of fresh voting to take place, then they will be held on 25 December. /balkaneu.com/