VOTING IN THE SNOW
The heavy snow, which fell on Friday and Saturday in Macedonia, is still causing problems in Macedonia, including for the election process. It prevented members of electoral commissions from arriving on time for the start of the voting. On Sunday Macedonia holds its fourth presidential and fifth local elections.
Voting has not started in 53 polling stations in 16 Macedonian municipalities, Makfax agency informs.
They did not open until 8:00 a.m. local time as it is impossible to travel along the roads there. The information was confirmed on Sunday morning by State Electoral Commission Spokesman Zoran Tanevski.
He added that the polling stations could open doors.
“The problems are in the municipalities where it snowed heavily and where it is impossible to travel along the roads there,” he said.
The law says it is possible to open polling stations at 10:00 a.m. local time at the latest.
Tanevski added there were no other problems so far.
In the municipality of Kucani five polling stations failed to open at 7:00 a.m. local time and the municipal electoral commission says the elections will not be held there on Sunday, a Focus News Agency reporter informs.
All these polling stations are situated in hilly and mountainous regions. In the remaining part of the municipality of Kucani the elections are running smoothly. All polling stations that did not encounter problems with the snow opened at 7:00 a.m.
Some of the polling stations in Macedonia were opened with a delay of 30 minutes. The voting runs normally in the polling stations that opened on time and did not encounter problems with the supply of election materials.
The snow has been removed from the major roads connecting Macedonian cities. They have been treated with salt and sand. Road surfaces are dry. However, smaller towns and villages encounter problems because you can reach them by second and third class roads. In some places in the mountains the snow is 80 cm and even 1 m deep. The record is 178 cm on the summit of Popova Sapka in the Sar Mountains.
The media in Macedonia comment that snow will most probably be the biggest enemy of the elections. Radio stations provide listeners with the latest travel situation.