In the most uncertain race of the day, VMRO-DPMNE candidate Ljupco Papazov was elected Mayor of Kocani, against incumbent Nikolco Ilijev.

The race is still within a few dozen votes, but VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski put the city in the “win” column. Mickoski personally intervened in Kocani yesterday evening, when thugs associated with SDSM attacked a news crew that was reporting on their pre-election vote buying tactics.