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Four protesters detained outside parliament building

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Macedonian police have arrested several people protesting against constitutional changes outside parliament building in Skopje. They had allegedly tried to jump the fence and storm into the building, prompting a ramp-up of security at the parameter.

According to unofficial reports, four protesters who tried to breach the outer perimeter fence surrounding the parliament were arrested Wednesday night shortly after the adjournment of parliament sitting.

Speaking to the crowds, Dragan Ugrinovski, one of organizers of protests demanding an immediate halt to amendment process for name change, described the rally as successful day for not allowing the MPs vote on constitutional change.

“This is success day for Macedonia, we did not let them vote and endorse what they intended to. And because they failed to deliver their plan, they wanted to provoke us with the riot police,” Ugrinovski said.

Makedonija blokira, the group standing behind Wednesday’s protest, said they will rally again on Thursday at 12:00, an hour before the follow-up sitting of parliament.

On Wednesday, VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs walked out of parliament session on constitutional changes and joined the protest rally in front of parliament. The party leader, Hristijan Mickovski, also joined the protesters bud declined to deliver a speech.

The parliament is set to resume the constitutional amendment debate today at 13:00.

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Kaevski: We expect opponents to keep campaign fair

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We expect a fair campaign by the opponents, Darko Kaevski of SDSM said on Friday after drawing the lot which determined order of candidates on ballot paper. The joint candidate of the governing coalition allies and other political parties, Stevo Pendarovski, is positioned 3rd on the ballot paper for April 21 presidential elections.

Asked by a reporter why they kicked off the campaigning too early, alluding to meetings with voters and other related activities, Kaevski said Pendarovski today was confirmed by the State Election

Commission as official candidate, thus he will restrain from public statements by April 1st.

He reiterated Pendarovski campaign headquarters’ pledge for modern and European campaigning.

When North Macedonia voters head to the polls April 21, the first name they will see on the list of candidates for president will be Blerim Reka, Gordana Siljanovska second and Stevo Pendarovski third following a draw Friday at SEC chambers to randomize this election’s ballot.

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Drawing determines ballot order lineup for presidential election

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The order in which candidates names appear on the ballot paper was determined by drawing of lots. The State Election Commission (SEC) said on Friday the drawing to determine order lineup on ballot paper for the April 21 presidential elections was complete.

When North Macedonia voters head to the polls April 21, the first name they will see on the list of candidates for president will be Blerim Reka, Gordana Siljanovska second and Stevo Pendarovski third following a draw Friday at SEC chambers to randomize this election’s ballot.

“The public yesterday heard the statements of political parties’ representatives pledging for European campaign and we hope that the presidential candidates opt for European-style campaigning,” the electoral authority said.

“The forthcoming elections are crucial to North Macedonia’s European future and SEC will to its utmost to ensure fair and democratic election. We urge the candidates, the parties and the activists to comply with the rules set out in the electoral code relating to the early start of campaigning.”

“There is no need for us to take up the role of a judge or deal with complaints resulting by unreasonable statements, ” the Commission said.

State Election Commission chairman Oliver Derkoski confirmed earlier today that three candidates will be running for president in the April 21 elections. He called upon the candidates to restrain from public events and statements till April 1st, the official start of election campaign.

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Lot drawing to determine candidate order on ballots scheduled for today

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The State Election Commission (SEC) said the random drawing to determine order lineup on ballot paper for the April 21 presidential elections will take place Friday at Commission’s chambers.

The order in which candidates names appear on the ballot will be determined by drawing of lots.

State Election Commission chairman Oliver Derkoski confirmed Friday that three candidates will be running for president in the April 21 elections. He called upon the candidates to restrain from public events and statements till April 1st, the official start of election campaign.

The signatures standing behind Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova’s bid for president (candidate of VMRO-DPMNE), Stevo Pendarovski (SDSM) and Blerim Reka (candidate of BESA and Alliance for Albanians) have been submitted to the electoral authority.

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