Macedonia’s opposition Social Democratic Union has challenged the results of the country’s weekend parliamentary elections, in a bid to overturn a narrow win by the conservative ruling party. The Social Democrats on December 13 filed complaints about voting irregularities that were echoed by a new ethnic Albanian party, the Besa, which reported alleged violations that could change the outcome of the vote. The state elections commission said the two opposition parties lodged complaints on the electoral process at 16 polling stations, demanding a repeat vote in those places.
Zoran Zaev, leader of the leftist Social Democrats, said that, by his calculations, each of the main parties should have received 50 seats in parliament.
Zaev said official results announced on December 12 differed significantly from figures provided by his party’s observers at polling stations in a northwestern region mostly populated by ethnic Albanians.