Polls open in Macedonia's double election

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Voting to end at 17:00 GMT in the country’s fifth presidential elections and early parliamentary elections

Voting to end at 17:00 GMT in the country’s fifth presidential elections and early parliamentary elections

SKOPJE, Macedonia – Polling stations opened on Sunday morning in Macedonia as around 1.7 million eligible voters are summoned to elect a new president and parliament.

Voters are eligible to cast their ballots till 7 p.m. local time (1700GMT) at 3,480 polling stations across the country.

The new president will be chosen in a runoff between the incumbent conservative President Gjorge Ivanov and social democrat Stevo Pendarovski.

As the voter turnout was less than 50 percent in the first round, Ivanov could not clinch a victory despite winning 51.6 percent of the votes against 37.5 percent of Pendarovski.

In the runoff phase, a president can only be elected if the turnout is more than 40 percent.

In the country’s 8th parliamentary elections, 420 candidates from five coalitions and nine parties will compete for a place in the 123-seat parliament.

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