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November 17, 2019

There was no clear separation of the party from the state

International observers and domestic organizations have mainly noted several remarks related to disruption of democratic standards when voting

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Effectively conducted elections on the election day, obeying fundamental freedoms and the candidates were able to run the campaign without disruptions. But the deficiencies noted in the first round of presidential elections two weeks ago either repeated or were even more highlighted. This is the brief initial assessment of the OSCE/ODIHR observation mission regarding yesterday’s presidential and parliamentary elections, said OSCE international observers early today.

-The elections in the pre-elections period did not meet the relevant standards that the state had taken with membership in the OSCE. This refers to the separation of the state from the party, providing the conditions for equal competition, equal media representation and issues related to voter list”, said the head of the OSCE and ODIHR observation mission, Gerd Ahrens this afternoon.

At the presentation of the initial report of the international observers, Christine Mutonen, special coordinator who led the short-term OSCE observer team, assessed that the elections were conducted efficiently and the election day went smoothly, but there were real problems previously and unfortunately after voting.

-The ruling party did not adequately separate party and state interests while unfortunately the opposition party said it would not recognize the election results. We strongly encourage the political actors to work together to create a positive post-election atmosphere – says Mutonen.

Observers have noted credible allegations of voter intimidation including pressure from party voters on ethnic Albanians to boycott the presidential elections.

The monitoring of the media during the campaign noticed affection for the ruling party and its presidential candidate in the majority of monitored media, accompanied by negative reports on the opposition party and its presidential candidate, say observers.

According to the civic association MOST, voting was conducted efficiently and without incidents, with a significant increase in cases of group and family voting, compared with the first round of presidential elections.

“At some polling stations electoral boards did not properly inform voters about the voting procedure, i.e. that they could choose which election process they wanted to vote, but they immediately issued ballots for both elections. The election day was peaceful, but with an increased intensity of voter mobilization, which in some cases has turned into pressure on them to vote. This was evident from the fact that in front of some polling stations there was campaigning and registering voters”, stated the head of the association Darko Aleksov.

According to MOST, which monitored the process with 1,712 observers, the voting of the sick and the aged was not in secrecy, and the political rhetoric intensified between two parties.

According to the NGO Civil, which also monitored the election process on the election day, there were irregularities, including the voters from Pustec, multiple IDs to one person, underage voting, vote bribes etc.