New Macedonian Prime Minister Holds Second Meeting with State Election Commission

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Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev met with the members of the State Electoral Commission (SEC) on Thursday, in a second such meeting dedicated to helping the authority prepare the early elections on April 24 .

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Dimitriev said that all the requests SEC put forward at their earlier meeting have been met and the Government will discuss the latest requests and proposals and its session next week.

-We discussed our progress since the last meeting and noted a number of new proposals and conclusions that we will work on and which will allow the SEC to prepare the best possible elections in April. We are also continuing our daily communication to troubleshoot all issues on the way to holding fair and democratic elections that will be recognized by all relevant monitoring institutions, Dimitriev said following the meeting.

He was appointed placeholder Prime Minister as part of the political agreement that provides power sharing in the Government, whose primary duty is to help prepare the elections in the last 100 days.

Prime Minister Dimitriev said that the issues he and his team discussed with the SEC included tangible needs, such as vehicles and additional office space, the necessary funding, and also the methodology SEC is using in examining the electoral roll.

The preparation of the elections has become a key political issue, as the opposition SDSM party says they will not take part in the April 24 elections as they believe the time is too short to prepare them.

SDSM refused to recognize the outcome of the 2014 elections, which they lost badly, saying they were not free and fair, and the political agreement to prepare the 2016 elections is being monitored by the European Union and the United States.

Dimitriev said that on the hot topic issue of examining the voting lists to remove all those who have since been deceased or have moved out of the country, the SEC has indicated its readiness to perform the necessary examinations that will include cross­-referencing data stored in a long list of institutions.

SDSM requested additional verification, performed on the ground, but later said they will drop this request if the majority VMRO-­DPMNE party accepts SDSM’s proposal on regulating the media.

Talks on both issues are on­going.