The government will enable Macedonia’s diaspora to exercise the right to vote in the parliamentary elections scheduled for June 5th without having to be physically present in the country.
Three new electoral units were added to the existing six — covering North and Latin America; Europe; and Australia, New Zealand and Asia proper — and three parliamentarians representing the diaspora will be added to the existing 120.
“This will positively affect Macedonia’s statehood and development because there are nearly as many Macedonian citizens abroad as there are in the republic, excluding the Macedonians coming from the neighbouring countries. They send arrears roughly in the amount of Macedonia’s budget and are a guarantor of the country’s economic stability,” World Macedonian Congress President Todor Petrov told SETimes.
Petrov expressed hope that this election would be a “transitional phase”, which will ultimately lead to an even more equitable diaspora representation.