The election rerun in polling station 2011 in Tearce on December 25, 2016 represents a small illustration and a troublesome reminder of the immense problems with the election process in Republic of Macedonia. It concerns one polling station with 714 registered voters, in a small, ethnically mixed rural municipality, for which the Administrative Court decided

The Electoral Board at polling station 2011 in Tearce, where there is a rerun today, asked for and retained the authorizations of CIVIL’s observers, which is against the procedure. The observers were told they would get them back after the closing of the polling stations.

CIVIL’s observers are monitoring the election rerun in polling station 2011 in Tearce from 6:30h this morning. Today’s initial reports show that the election material at the polling station was not organized on time, though it was complete. Voting started several minutes after 7:00. The turnout until 9:30 was relatively low, that is, just a

An increased presence of police forces is noticed in Tearce, where there is an election rerun in polling station 2011. The police are behaving professionally and correctly, whereas the increased presence is with the purpose of ensuring the right to vote and the legality of the process. CIVIL’s observers are inside the polling station, but

According to the reports of the observers of CIVIL – Center for Freedom who are monitoring the election rerun in polling station 2011 in Tearce, members of the Electoral Board are in constant telephone communication. In the period while there are no voters at the polling station, they are continuously going through and checking the

CIVIL received official confirmation to the information that two persons suspected of vote buying in Tearce have been arrested. The unofficial information that came from CIVIL’s observers on the ground, that one person had been detained under the suspicion of vote buying, has now been confirmed also by official sources of the Ministry of Interior.


CIVIL – Center for Freedom has already assigned observers in the Municipality of Tearce who are monitoring the situation in this municipality ahead of the election rerun at polling station 2011 on Sunday, December 25.