April 18, 2014, 10:15 a.m.
The first round of presidential elections were held in Macedonia on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Four candidates participated in the first round of the election. President Gjorge IVANOV of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity / Внатрешна македонска револуционерна организација – Демократска партија за македонско национално единство (VMRO-DPMNE) received the most votes in the first round of the election, receiving 449,068 votes (51.67 percent). Despite receiving an absolute majority of votes in the election, IVANOV will have to contest a second round of elections due to a turnout of less than 50 percent of voters. In the second round, scheduled for April 27, 2014 alongside early parliamentary elections, IVANOV will face Stevo PENDAROVSKI. PENDAROVSKI, candidate for the opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia / Социјалдемократски сојуз на Македонија (SDSM) received 326,133 votes in the first round (37.52 percent). The two other candidates, Iljaz HALIMI and Zoran POPOVSKI received 2.19 percent and 1.76 percent of the vote respectively. In the first round of voting, 869,137 Macedonians (48.84 percent) cast their ballots.
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