In an interview with Radio Free Europe, VMRO-DPMNE deputy leader Aleksandar Nikoloski said that regarding the Government’s calculations for the elections that the state’s interest is to hold joint elections, presidential and parliamentary combined, so that budget funds were not drained and not to bring the country to a standstill for a long period of time.
“I think it’s not a matter of political calculations, it’s a matter of reality if we were to go to the polls, what would suit us politically, separate elections suit us for the simple reason that we will win the presidential elections convincingly and after that SDSM will be brought to a situation where they cannot to find 20 people each to put them on the parliamentary lists because it will be certain what a dramatic defeat will happen to them in the parliamentary elections. So, if we look from a narrow party interest, it is more suitable for us to have separate elections. But we also have to look at the other, and that is the state interest, because we are primarily engaged in public work,” said Nikoloski.
Nikoloski pointed out that it was not logical to spend twice as much money, to hire twice as many election boards and that the whole country would be frozen for seven months because the difference was only a month and a half, two months between the presidential and parliamentary elections.