On October 15, Macedonians will vote for mayors and municipal councilors in the country’s 80 municipalities and the City of Skopje. If needed, second-round elections will be held on October 29, 2017.
Mayors are elected through a majoritarian system, in two rounds. A candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the votes to be elected in the first round. For the election to be valid, one-third of registered voters must turn out for the first round. Municipal councilors are elected under the proportional representation system with closed lists in each municipality.
To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Macedonia: 2017 General Elections. IFES FAQs include:
- What is the political situation?
- What is the election management body? What are its powers?
- Who will observe during Election Day? How can they get accreditation?
- How will election disputes be adjudicated?