April 2014 is election season in Macedonia. On Sunday, April 13, Macedonians began casting votes for a new president and a new parliament.
As is the case with the electoral process in many countries in the age of the Internet, much of the information related to these elections will be readily available online. Global Voices has collected a list of some of the resources Internet users can use to follow the elections in Macedonia, as well as a quick calendar of the voting dates.
Macedonia 2014 elections calendar:
|April 12, Saturday||Electoral silence begins||April 13, Sunday||First Round of Presidential Elections|
|April 26, Saturday||Electoral silence begins||April 27, Sunday||Second Round of Presidential Elections
Early Parliamentary Elections
Key websites to follow:
- Macedonian State Election Commission [mk] and its abridged English version. Results page.
- Civil Center for Freedom [mk, sq] + live video feeds of media conferences
- Elections Coverage in English by BalkanInsight
- Fair Elections [mk] – TV debates
- My Choice [mk] – info resource
- Truth-meter [mk, sq] – public record and analyses of election promises
- Media Fact-Checking Service [mk, sq, en] – analyses and journalistic peer reviews of media production
- Elections: #избориМк and #izboriMk
- TV Debates: #дебатаМк and #ТВдебата
- In English (rare) via #Macedonia
Websites and Twitter accounts of the presidential candidates and their political parties (numbers reflect the order of candidates on the ballot):
- Gjorge Ivanov from VMRO-DPMNE (@timmakedonija, #Иванов – affirmative, and #Хорхе i.e. Jorge – critical).
Slogan: “The State Above Everything Else.”
- Iljaz Halimi from DPA (@gurrapdsh).
Slogan: “For an [ethnic] Albanian President.”
- Stevo Pendarovski from SDSM (@spendarovski, #Стево i.e. Stevo – affirmative, and #промени – changes).
Slogan: “Macedonia Deserves a President. Stevo, my President.”
- Zoran Popovski from GROM (@PopovskiZ).
Slogan: “Bravely for Macedonia. A brave man – a proud state.”
Komunikacii blog has published a concise and interesting analysis of the slogans [mk], while a Balkanist article “Elections in Macedonia: The Land of Promises” neatly sums up some of the major issues.
The early parliamentary elections in Macedonia have the same general cast as in 2011.