N Macedonia Presidential polls: Ruling party candidate leading

N Macedonia Presidential polls: Ruling party candidate leading

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Skopje, May 6: Stevo Pendarovski, the joint candidate of North Macedonia's ruling Social Democrats and 30 other parties, is leading the presidential run-off, State Election Commission chief Oliver Derkoski said on Monday.

"46.64 per cent or 816,600 people voted. Candidate Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova received 363,900 votes, while Stevo Pendarovski received 423,000 or 51.83 per cent," he said.The presidential election, which took place on Sunday, was the country's first vote after a deal between Athens and Skopje on the name change came into force, opening the door to Macedonia’s membership of the European Union and NATO.

The first round was held on April 21. Pendarovski secured a razor-thin lead over Siljanovska-Davkova, backed by the main opposition, The Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE) party. Both secured over 42 per cent of votes. (UNI)