Referendum voting ends as polling stations close

Polling stations across Macedonia closed at 7 p.m., where the citizens cast their ballots to vote Yes or No to the referendum question: “Are you in favor of EU and NATO membership by accepting the agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece?”

1,806,336 people registered in the Voter’s List were eligible to vote.

3,748 polling stations were open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. throughout the country.

Inmates serving time, internally displaced people, people under house arrest and sick and disabled people voted on Saturday, a day ahead of the referendum.

Macedonian citizens living abroad also voted yesterday. A total of 2,694 expats were registered to vote in diplomatic offices across the world. 985 Macedonian expats (36,56%) voted in the name referendum by 5 p.m., according to data of the State Election Commission, which does not include information about polling stations in the United States, Canada and London.

The SEC is expected to release final results by the end of the day.

A record-breaking number of domestic and foreign observers monitored today’s referendum. They include 11,907 domestic observers and 493 foreign observers.

Also, some 83 journalists from 32 media are accredited to report about the referendum.