FYROM: The political crisis may risk the holding of local government elections

The political crisis in FYROM and the fact that a government has not yet been formed, may risk the holding of the local government elections, which are scheduled to take place on 15 May.

A part of political parties say that they are ready to participate in these elections, while some other parties want these elections to be postponed, as the necessary conditions have not been met.

According to them, a technical government would not be able to organize fresh local government elections.

The State Election commission said that it is ready to organize the local government elections, however, it says that it cannot offer an accurate date as to when these elections will be held.

The member of this commission, Subhi Jakupi said that the electoral list is currently being updated, while explaining that the voting day is decided by the speaker of parliament.

The largest political party, VMRO-DPMNE, led by Nikola Gruevski said that it is ready to head to the local elections.

“As of August last year, preparations have started for the local government elections. We’re in the phase of selecting the programs and the best ideas for the potential candidates”, VMRO-DPMNE said.

Meanwhile, SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union) in opposition is also making its preparations.

“Since January, we have ordered local councils to prepare for the local government elections”, said the spokesman of SDSM, Petre Silegov.

Democratic Union for Integration (BDI) says that it is also prepared to participate in the elections.

Meanwhile, BESA Movement says that there cannot be elections without first electing the new speaker of parliament, who must announce them before the new government is formed.

According to the Electoral Code, the local government elections must be announced by the speaker of parliament at least 70 days before election day.

But in the past two months, FYROM has not had a parliamentary speaker, therefore, political parties have two options: to form a formal majority which will vote the new parliamentary speaker in order for the latter to announce the elections or to agree on the cancellation of the elections, but the Electoral Code must be changed for this.

Source Independent Balkan News Agency
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