17 October 2021
Skopje – People in North Macedonia on Sunday are casting votes to elect mayors and council members of 80 municipalities in the country and the residents of Skopje are electing a mayor and a council of the capital. A total of 1,824,864 voters are eligible to vote in 3,480 polling stations across the country, which open at 7 am and close at 7 pm.
Skopje – A total of 1,045 local and foreign observers and translators have been accredited for Sunday’s local elections.
Skopje – Of a total of 1,824,864 voters, the State Election Commission (SEC) has received data from 1,325 polling stations, i.e. 38.07% until 9.30 am on Sunday. The total number of registered voters in polling stations from which data was received is 714,568, while the total number of voters who cast their ballots in these polling stations is 23,468, i.e. 3.28%, said SEC President Aleksandar Dashtevski speaking at today’s first press conference.
Skopje – Voter turnout in Sunday’s local elections is 10.22% until 11 am according to the processed data from 2,544, i.e. 73.1% polling stations where 135,906 voters exercised their voting rights, State Election Commission (SEC) spokesperson Ljupka Guguchevska told a press conference.
Skopje – Free, fair, transparent elections are essential to every strong democracy, the US Embassy to North Macedonia said in a Facebook post.
Skopje – The OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission was invited to observe today’s local elections by the Government. We have a team of 165 observers, of which 126 short-term observers deployed across the country. This has enabled us to do systematic observation in polling stations, last year we were not able to do it, Head of the Mission in North Macedonia, Tana de Zulueta told reporters after visiting a polling station in Centar municipality.
Skopje – Citizens will be able to report voting rights violations on the free phone line 0800 54321 which will be operating from 7am to 7pm launched by the Ombudsman Office.
Brussels – The EU‘s jobs and social rights commissioner has warned of rising energy poverty in Europe as prices climb.
Cairo – At least four people were killed on Saturday in a shelling attack by Syrian government forces on a rebel stronghold in the north-west of the war-torn country, a war monitor reported.
Los Angeles – Former President Bill Clinton is expected to be released from an Orange County, California, hospital on Sunday after spending nearly a week there because of an infection, a spokesman said.
Berlin – The Nordic football associations have joined the critics on suggestions from within world governing body FIFA to hold the World Cup every two years from 2028 onwards.