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We shall not give legitimacy to constitutional change, says VMRO-DPMNE

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Macedonia is approaching the final phase of black and shameful scenario, largely orchestrated by Zoran Zaev and SDSM, to change the name of the country, the identity, culture and history, VMRO-DPMNE says in a press release Thursday.

The opposition party blames Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the Social Democrats (SDSM) of selling out national and state interests, breaching the Constitution, the laws and the will of the Macedonian citizens.

“Zoran Zaev and SDSM appear determined to destroy everything Macedonian. To this end, they resorted to threats and blackmails on lawmakers and their families to push the Republic of Macedonia to the closing stage of constitutional change in a bid to change the country’s constitutional name,” the opposition party says.

“Republic of North Macedonia is probably Zaev’s republic. For VMRO-DPMNE, it will always remain Republic of Macedonia – the name the majority of citizens had voted for in 8 September 1991 referendum,” VMRO-DPMNE says in a press release.

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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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