If voter turnout in Sunday’s presidential elections is low, two options are likely to be considered – either the head of state to be elected in direct elections without a required threshold in the second round or by MPs in Parliament, the Justice Minister Renata Deskoska said on Thursday.
We have a recommendation from the Venice Commission that the threshold that exists in the Constitution for the election of a president is something that is not appropriate and must be removed. It is a recommendation that has been dragging on since the previous elections. Foreign experts have already noticed that there is something that is unusual in other countries that sometimes in some way could be a danger in order for the presidential elections to fail. The change of the Constitution in order to facilitate the process of electing a president is something already recommended by the OSCE/ODIHR. There are two options: one is the head of state to be elected in direct elections without a required threshold in the second round. That means the person who gets more votes wins and here you do not have the opportunity to undermine elections through a boycott. The other option is the head of state to be elected by MPs in Parliament. These are two different options that are possible and which exist in comparative law, said Deskoska.