North Macedonia’s two main presidential candidates Stevo Pendarovski and Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova tied in the first round election held on Sunday, 21 April 2019
The runoff election is scheduled for May 5 after the ruling Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) candidate Pendarovski received 42,84% against the main opposition VMRO-DPMNE candidate Davkova who received 42,24%.
Only 755 702 votes were cast out of a total 1,808,131 registered voters giving a turnout of just 41,79% mainly due to dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s government.
Blerim Reka, an independent representing the Albanian minority 10,58% of the votes while the outgoing President Gjorge Ivanov was constitutionally barred from seeking a third term in office having served the maximum two terms.
This was North Macedonia’s first election after the Prespa agreement on the naming dispute, signed on 17 June 2018 that saw the country changing its name.