"Nordmakedonien go to the polls to elect a new president for the first time since the country changed its name in the fall. There are concerns that turnout will be so low that the election is void."
"Despite the president holds a primarily ceremonial post without the influence of the so infected the name issue, so has the campaign for Sunday's elections had been dominated by the issue of the name change. In the fall the name was changed to Macedonia out to Nordmakedonien, after a two decades long battle with Greece."
"the Settlement with the neighboring country continues to divide residents and has blocked other issues ahead of the presidential elections, where the 1.8 million voters have to choose between the three candidates."
"Stevo Pendarovski is leading with over 28 per cent in one of the recent polls. He is supported by the ruling social democrats and the party DUI, which represents the Albanian minority. They have promised to stand by the name change."
"Soon after, with just over 26 per cent, is Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova, supported by the conservative nationalist VMRO-DPMNE, a party that strongly opposed the namnuppgörelsen with Athens."
"Blerim Reka, candidate for the second largest Albanian party Kelt, are far behind, with around seven per cent of the votes in the measurement."
"the Incumbent president Gjorge Ivanov may not be a candidate for a third term."
"If no candidate receives over 50 per cent await a second round of voting on 5 may. But voter turnout is expected to be low. Many voters are disillusioned, and some observers believe that the turnout at risk of falling below the 40 per cent required for the election to be valid."