Macedonia re-run set for June 15

The elections handed Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski a landslide victory -- but they were marred by gun battles in ethnic Albanian-populated areas that left one person dead, as well as by allegations of intimidation and fraud.

Macedonia re-run set for June 15
Fresh balloting will take place June 15 at voting stations in Macedonia where irregularities occurred during June 1 general elections, the electoral commission said on Saturday.

Zoran Tanevski, a spokesman for the commission, said that the decision affected 186 voting stations where the results was cancelled, out of a total 2,976 voting stations nationwide.

The elections handed Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski a landslide victory -- but they were marred by gun battles in ethnic Albanian-populated areas that left one person dead, as well as by allegations of intimidation and fraud.

The unrest was seen as undermining Macedonia's ambitions to join the European Union and NATO, 17 years after its independence from the then Yugoslavia.

Electoral commission president Jovan Josifovski said the vote was being cancelled "in those places where we have evidence of irregularities".

On the day after the June 1 elections, election monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said "key international standards were not met".

Counterparts from the European Commission pinned blamed on "the irresponsible, violent and destructive actions of activists of the two major Albanian parties" -- the Democratic Union for Integration and the Democratic Party of Albanians.

Ethnic Albanians account for a quarter of the population in Macedonia, which borders on newly independent Kosovo as well as Albania.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Haziran 2008, 13:41
YORUM EKLE