DAILY BRIEF April 16: Election epidemic
Prespa Agreement as an example for resolving disputes in the Balkans
The Prespa Agreement between North Macedonia and Greece can encourage solutions also to other open issues in the Balkans, considers European Union’s Commissioner for EU enlargement Johannes Hahn.
Hahn, who last week was in Washington for talks with representatives of the US government for the Western Balkans, the Middle East and for Ukraine, says that the Prespa Agreement is a result of the joint support of the US and the EU for resolving the longstanding name dispute between Athens and Skopje.
“I think that both sides are very successful. The US have given great support for what we call today North Macedonia”, highlighted Hahn, referring to the Prespa Agreement.
Nationwide measles epidemic has been declared
After a measles epidemic was first declared in Skopje at the beginning of the year, today, the Commission for infectious diseases brought a conclusion for a measles epidemic to be declared on the entire territory of the country.
The epidemic is proclaimed with the purpose of implementing additional measures in order to prevent further spreading, reducing the number of new infections and preventing serious forms of this disease.
Veljanoski interrogated for “bloody Thursday”
Former President of Parliament Trajko Veljanoski this morning had been in the Prosecutor’s Office for Prosecuting Organized Crime and Corruption to inspect the evidence of the “April 27” case.
He is one of the suspects in the new investigation opened by the head of the Prosecutor’s Office, Vilma Ruskovska, which refers to the organizers and those who ordered the “bloody Thursday”. Detention was required for him, but the Parliament did not revoke his immunity because Talat Xhaferi did not put it up for voting within the deadline for its voting.
In addition to Veljanoski, former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, former ministers Mile Janakieski and Spiro Ristovski, former director of UBK, Vladimir Atanasovski, as well as intelligence officer Nikola Boskovski, who has fled to Greece, are all suspects in the investigation.
Violation of timetable “according to rules and regulations”
Even though the deadline in which the media can publish results from public opinion surveys related to the participants in the election process ended last night at midnight, one internet portal has already violated the Timetable today.
According to the timetable of the State Election Commission, results of polls can be published no later than five days before the presidential elections are held and early local elections in Novo Selo, Ohrid and Debar. This timetable, apparently, does not apply to the internet portals as well. So, the internet portal “Business news”, today published results from a survey carried out by “MARKET VISION”, conducted upon the request of the internet portal Pressing.mk.
SEC to hand over election material tomorrow the latest
The State Election Commission should hand over, no later than tomorrow, the election material for the presidential elections and early local elections in three municipalities.
According to the Commission’s timetable, the material should be transferred no later than 72 hours prior to Election Day.
Tomorrow at midnight the deadline ends also for voters, who on Election Day are in home custody, to apply to the Municipal Election Commissions. They, as well as sick and disabled persons, internally displaced persons and persons in penitentiary institutions, will be voting on April 20, a day before the elections are held.
Voters who are temporarily employed or residing abroad will also be voting on April 20.
Members of Election Boards of Diplomatic – consular offices will be voting tomorrow in the State Election Commission from 7.00 am until 7.00 pm.
“Independent candidate of VMRO-DPMNE, Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, started the rally in Gevgelia by saying: “Good evening Gevgelia women, especially for the women of the Union of Women of VMRO-DPMNE…Macedonia instead of being a social state has become a social case. This means that something rotten is happening in the state”…She adds: “Democracy means being from the people, with the people, for the people. This government is an authoritarian regime, subordinate mentality, corruption rules, there is selective justice, incapable officials. They are untouchable. It’s their judiciary. With them, Europe is far. We are fighting for justice in Macedonia. And we will win”.
In Gevgelia, she greeted among other ethnic communities also the Albanians. But why did she single out the women of VMRO-DPMNE, or are they a little bit more women than the other women who are not vmro’s? Otherwise, Siljanovska Davkova calls herself “independent” and “non-party” and is fighting to be the first woman president!”, is said in today’s election chronicle “No way” are all women equal for the “independent” presidential candidate.