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GRUEVSKI TELLS HAHN POLICE WAS ACTIVE PARTNER IN INTIMIDATING LOCAL ELECTION VOTERS.

VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski and the members of VMRO-DPMNE's Executive Committee, Ilija Dimovski and Aleksandar Nikoloski, met with the Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, in Skopje Monday. They tabled a number of issues regarding the political situation in the Republic of Macedonia and the pursuit of the country's strategic interests. VMRO-DPMNE leader Gruevski said that the October local election was one of the worst organized elections in Macedonia marred with irregularities including bribing of voters, shortage of ballot papers, pressure, threats and blackmails as well as bringing of charges against sitting mayors for political and no legal reasons, a murder of a council member candidate, and an injured mayor. He pointed out that the police was an active partner in the intimidation of voters, the putting of pressure on administration employees and the organization of criminal elections. An election in which a murder, violence, threats and bribe happened doesn't become a country that aspires to join the European Union, the leader of the opposition party said. Gruevski also raised concern over the amount of political pressure put on Macedonia's justice system as a result of which he said judges are becoming increasingly fearful - an atmosphere that replicates in other areas as well as such as the media and the economy. He also told Commissioner Hahn about the violation of court rules and procedures and about the request of the Public Prosecutor's Office to be allowed to use illegally acquired materials in court which suggests a lack of real evidence. He cited Article 12 of the Criminal Procedure Law which says that illegally acquired audio and video material can't be used as evidence in a court of law. As far as the reform processes are concerned, the VMRO-DPMNE officials complained that the Government ignored the opposition and refused to include it in the process. They said this was also the case with the administration law "which is used as a ground for making redundant thousands of professionals and people who do not support the policies of the sitting government". Concerning the strategic priorities, it was said that VMRO-DPMNE expressed support for the processes of European integration for which substantive fulfillment of reform priorities was necessary.

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Title Annotation:MicNews
Publication:INFOMAC Daily News Service
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Date:Nov 21, 2017
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