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PACE to observe the early parliamentary elections in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

A 17-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), will travel to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” from 9 to 12 December to observe the conduct of the early parliamentary elections, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the European Parliament and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

The delegation will meet, in particular, leaders and representatives of political parties, the Chairman of the State Election Commission, the Special Prosecutor, and representatives of international organisations, civil society and the media, before observing the ballot on 11 December.

A member of the Venice Commission – the Council of Europe's group of independent legal experts – will provide legal support during the visit.

A PACE pre-electoral delegation visited Skopje on 21-22 November.

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A joint press conference is scheduled on Monday 12 December at  2.30 pm in Ballroom 1 of the Skopje Marriott Hotel, Plostad Makedonija 7, Skopje.

The press conference will be live streamed at: http://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/fyrom/279061 and www.oscepa.org.