admin1 – July 5, 2006 – 8:39am
Elections 2006

The citizens of the Republic of Macedonia will decide today which party or coalition they should entrust with the task of leading the country over the next four years. A total of 2,976 polling stations will open at 07:00 and a total of 1,741,449 voters will be able to exercise their right to vote in six constituencies. This year there are 77,153 voters more than the number of voters registered for the parliamentary elections four years ago.

According to the State Election Commission, there will be a total of 33 election lists at these elections with a total of 2,620 candidates who will compete for 120 seats in the Parliament.

There are most candidates and candidate lists in the first constituency, which covers the region of Skopje: 29 lists with 20 candidates each. Then comes the second constituency with 25 candidate lists, the fifth constituency with 22 candidate lists, the third and fourth constituencies with 20 candidate lists each, and the sixth constituency with 19 lists. Compared with the previous parliamentary elections, this year there are five election lists and 440 candidates less than the number of participants in the elections in year 2002.

The election campaign, which started officially on 15 June, lasted 20 days, in accordance with the new Election Code. The election silence started at midnight Tuesday and the participants in the elections are not allowed any political propaganda in this period.