U.S. Embassy Statement on the October 15 Local Elections

The upcoming October 15 local elections are important for Macedonia’s future as a prosperous, stable democracy fully integrated in Euro-Atlantic institutions.  We encourage all citizens to exercise their right to vote and to express their views on issues within their communities and to reaffirm their commitment to democratic values and the rule of law.

We encourage citizens, civil society, and the media to report all concerns about election irregularities to the appropriate authorities.  Government and local officials should fully investigate all allegations of abuse and take appropriate measures.  In the end, parties, government institutions, journalists, and citizens will determine the credibility of the process through their actions.

We believe elections are a critical part of any democracy, and we have supported efforts encouraging citizens to vote.  The U.S. Embassy will actively participate in the monitoring effort, along with other international and local observers.