A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), comprising six members and headed by Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), will carry out a pre-electoral visit to Skopje on 21-22 November, to assess the election campaign and political climate ahead of the early parliamentary elections on 11 December 2016.
The delegation is due to meet the President of the Assembly and the Minister of the Interior. Talks are also scheduled with representatives of political parties running in the elections, the Chairman and members of the State Election Commission, the Special Prosecutor, as well as with members of the diplomatic community and representatives of international organisations, civil society and the media.
A full 25-member delegation from the Assembly will return to the country to observe the voting.
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Members of the delegation:
Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), Head of the delegation
Egidijus Vareikis (Lithuania, EPP/CD)
Cristina De Pietro (Italy, ALDE)
Suat Önal (Turkey, EC)
Matjaz HanzeK (Slovenia, UEL)
Valeriu Ghiletchi (Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD), PACE rapporteur for post-monitoring dialogue with “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”