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LAW

ON ELECTION OF PRESIDENT

OF THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

(Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia no. 20/94 and 48/99)

I. BASIC PROVISIONS

Article 1

This Law shall regulate the procedure for election of president of the Republic of Macedonia (hereinafter, president of the Republic).

Article 2

The provisions of the Law, determining the procedure for election of Parliament Members shall also apply for the election of president of the Republic, unless otherwise determined by this Law.

II. ANNOUNCING AND CARRYING OUT ELECTIONS

Article 3

The president of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia shall announce the elections for president of the Republic.

The period between the day of issuance of notice for election and the day of the carrying out of the election may not exceed 90 days, nor be less than 70 days.

The Act on announcement of elections for president of the Republic, determining the date for the beginning of the terms for carrying out the election activities, shall be published in the "Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia".

Article 4

The election of president of the Republic shall take place within the last 60 days of the term of the previous president.

Should the term of office of the president of the Republic be terminated for any reason, the election of a new president shall take place within 40 days from the day of termination.

Article 5

Should the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia be dismissed, the president of the Assembly shall be liable, on the day of the dissolution, aside the act on issuing notice for new election of deputies to also reach an act on announcing elections for president of the Republic, provided the term set forth in Article 4 of this Law coincides with the term of the dissolution of the Assembly.

III. PROPOSING AND DETERMINING CANDIDATES

Article 6

A candidate for president of the Republic can be nominated by a minimum of 10.000 voters or at least 30 deputies.

One voter or deputy may propose only one candidate for president of the Republic.

A candidate for president of the Republic may be a person who meets the conditions for election of president of the Republic, as set forth in the Constitution.

Article 7

The signatures of the voters shall be collected on a form as prescribed by the State Election Commission, on which the name and surname, address and registry number of the proposed candidate and of each signed voter shall be entered.

The procedure for getting signatures shall begin on the 15th day from the day the notice for elections was issued and it lasts for 15 days.

The voters shall submit the signatures to the organ competent for keeping record of the voting rights. Based on the collected voters signatures, lists of candidates, signed by an authorized representative of the submitted of the lists, shall be compiled on a form set forth by the State Election Commission.

Authorized representative in accordance of paragraph 4 of this article shall be the first signed proposer, while his deputy shall be the second signed proposer.

Article 8

The lists of candidates for president of the Republic proposed by the deputies shall be submitted on a form set forth by the State Election Commission in writing, stating the name, surname, address and registry number of the proposed candidate and the name and surname of each deputy, as well as the date of determining the list.

Article 9

The lists of candidates for president of the Republic, together with the written statements of the proposed candidates for accepting the nomination, shall be submitted to the State Election Commission by the representative of the proposers within 38 days the latest before the date scheduled for the election.

The candidate may call off the nomination no later than 30 days before the date scheduled for the election.

Article 9-a

The State Election Commission, upon receipt of the list of candidates for president of the Republic, shall determine whether the lists hereto were submitted within the determined term and whether they were compiled in accordance with the provisions of this Law.

Should the Commission according to paragraph 1 from this article establish that the list contain irregularities, it shall call the authorized representative of the submitter of the list, respectively the first signed representative of the list of candidates, to eliminate the irregularities within 48 hours.

Should the commission according to paragraph 1 of this article establish that the lists are submitted within the designated timeline and they are in accordance with the provisions from this Law i.e. the previously adopted irregularities have been removed within the deadline according to paragraph 2 from this article, the submitted lists will be confirmed with a decision.

Article 9-b

Should the commission according to article 9-a paragraph 1 of this Law establish that the lists are submitted after the deadline, i.e. the previously adopted irregularities are not removed within the deadline according to article 9-1 paragraph 9 of this Law, The commission in a period of 24 hours will reject the submitted list with a decision.

Against the decision from paragraph 1 from this article an appeal may be submitted to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia within 24 hours after the reception of the decision.

The Supreme Court is liable to reach a decision within 48 hours after the reception of the appeal.

The Appeal from paragraph 2 of this article should be submitted through the State Electoral Commission, while submitting the appeal by mail is not allowed.

Article 10

The State Electoral Commission shall establish the order of the candidates in the list for presidential candidates by random order.

The State Election Commission shall publish the adopted list regarding the presidential candidates in the "Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia", at the latest 30 days before the day scheduled for Elections.

III-a. FINANCING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Article 10-a

The expenditures for the Electoral campaign for president of the Republic may not be higher than 15 denars per registered voter in the General Voters’ List.

A right for compensating the expenses for election of president of the republic have the organizers of the electoral campaign who nominated a presidential candidate the would receive 15 denars per vote in the first round and the organizers of the electoral campaign whose candidates will enter the second round they should get 15 more denars per vote.

 IV. ESTABLISHING OF THE ELECTION RESULTS

Article 11

A candidate for president of the Republic shall be elected if voted by a majority of the total number of voters entered into general voter’s list.

Article 12

If in the first round of voting no candidate wins the majority required, voting in the second round shall be restricted to the two candidates who have won most votes in the first round.

The second round shall take place within 14 days of the termination of the first round of voting.

Article 13

A candidate shall be elected president if he/she wins a majority of the votes of those who voted, provided more than half of the registered voters voted.

Article 14

If in the second round of voting no candidate wins the required majority of votes, the whole electoral procedure shall be repeated. 

If only one candidate is nominated for president of the Republic, and he/she does not obtain the required majority of votes in the first round, the whole electoral procedure shall be repeated.

Article 15

The State Election Commission shall announce the preliminary results from the presidential elections within three days following the day of the elections.

V. DECLARATION

Article 16

Before officially taking over the duty, and at the latest 10 days after the announcement of the final results but not earlier then the day when the term of the former president ends, the president of the Republic shall give a solemn declaration before the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, as follows:

"I hereby declare that I shall hold the office of the president of the Republic of Macedonia conscientiously and with full responsibility, that I shall respect the Constitution and the laws and that I shall protect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Republic of Macedonia.

VI. CLOSING PROVISIONS

Article 17

The provisions of the Law on Election and Recall of President of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia and of the Vice-President of the President of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia ("Official Gazette of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, No 38/90) shall cease to be effective on the day this Law comes into force.

Article 18

This Law shall come into force on the 8th day following the day of its publishing in the "Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia."