On Sunday, Macedonia is set to re-run the December 11 general election in a single polling station – which could change the overall election result by potentially evening out the number of seats won by the ruling and opposition parties. Macedonia’s Administrative Court on Tuesday accepted one electoral complaint filed by the opposition Social Democratic Union, SDSM as a result of which the December 11 general election will be re-run in a single polling station, number 2011, in the north western municipality of Tearce. This single re-run could alter the number of seats won in parliament by the two main parties on December 11 from 51-49 in favour of the ruling VMRO DPMNE party to 50-50 with the SDSM.
The difference in the votes on December 11 between VMRO DPMNE and the SDSM in the sixth electoral unit, where Tearce is located, was just 307 votes in favour of the ruling party.
The re-run could thus potentially change this, and even out the overall result by taking away one seat from VMRO DPMNE and giving it to the opposition.
For the purpose of general elections, Macedonia is divided into six electoral units, each contributing 20 seats in the 120-seat parliament. The number of MPs won by the parties in each electoral unit is calculated by a proportional model dependent on the won votes.