VMRO-DPMNE asked the Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate several additional instances of abuse of the public funds and the decision making process to favor the ruling SDSM party in the run up to the presidential elections.

According to the opposition party, the SDSM led municipal council in Skopje’s western district of Gjorce Petrov broke the electoral code when it allowed the development of a local park into a residential area. Municipal councils are not allowed to alter zoning plans in the pre-election period.

Additionally, VMRO-DPMNE pointed out to the presence of public sector employees in the main campaign office of the SDSM – DUI candidate Stevo Pendarovski. VMRO candidate Gordana Siljanovska – Davkova visited the office as a token of good will. But after photographs from the visit were shared online, people noticed that the staffers include public sector employees who should be at work, not working on Pendarovski’s campaign.

The Anti-Corruption Commission already ruled in other cases of abuse of public funds to favor the ruling coalition such as the payment to vineyard farmers timed ahead of the elections.