Pendarovski leads 1st Round of Presidential Election

The first round of the 2019 presidential election officially concluded on 21 April with the closing of the polling stations at 07:00 p.m. According to preliminary results of the State Electoral Commission (SEC) after processing 99.96% of votes from 99.80% of the polling stations, the candidate of SDSM/DUI Stevo Pendarovski leads with 42.85% of the votes (323,846), ahead of VMRO-DPMNE candidate Gordana Siljanovska Davkova with 42.24% (319,240) and AA/Besa candidate Blerim Reka with 10.57 % (79,915), while 4.34 % of the ballots (32,828) were declared void. The latest data from the State Electoral Commission (SEC) reveal that the total turnout of the citizens is 41.82 % of the voters (755,816) registered in the official list of voters of SEC.