Presidential Elections

Electoral system

Under the Constitution, the President is elected directly. Candidates qualify to stand for the Presidency by meeting certain criteria, including residence in-country for 10 of the 15 years prior to the election, and demonstrating their support through the submission of petitions signed by 30 parliamentarians or 10,000 registered voters.

To win the Presidency on the first round of voting, a candidate must receive the votes of a majority of the total number of registered voters. If the first round is unsuccessful, the two leading candidates go into a second round no more than two weeks later. The candidate who receives the most votes in the second round is elected, but only if a majority of registered voters cast votes. Otherwise the entire election process has to be repeated.

Latest elections

Presidential election 2009, round 1.

Presidential election 2009, round 2.


Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights: Final Report, presidential election 2004

State Election Commission of the Republic of Macedonia: Election results 2009

OSCE, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights: Presidential and Municipal Elections, 22 March and 5 April 2009, Final Report