Tag: simovski
Macedonia 23.09.21 | 14:27

Demand that Macedonia issues official certificates to citizens who declare they are ethnic Bulgarians in the census

Organizations and parties that represent the Bulgarians in Macedonia sent out a request to the DZS statistics bureau to allow them access to the census data. The demand comes after reportedly less than 100 Macedonian citizens declared that they are of Bulgarian ethnic origin, even after years in which...

Macedonia 07.09.21 | 13:20

Despite technical difficulties, more than 130,000 citizens processed in the census

A total of 136,773 citizens from 41,478 houses and 59,953 apartments were processed in the first two days of the census, despite the technical difficulties experienced on the second day. DZS statistics bureau director Apostol Simovski said that he is working to identify bugs in the program and avoid...

Macedonia 05.09.21 | 15:49

Census begins despite ethnic and coronavirus controversies

Teams of canvassers began moving door to door to collect data from citizens for the census. The controversial procedure led to calls for boycott, as it’s being undertaken at a time when Macedonia has a major new wave in the coronavirus pandemic. The census is also controversial for the decision...

Macedonia 26.08.21 | 09:47

Despite the huge coronavirus spike, Zaev official insists that the census will be conducted in-person

Apostol Simovski, the Zaev regime appointed head of the State Statistics Bureau (DZS), rejected the request from VMRO-DPMNE that the census is held electronically. The demand was made as the number of coronavirus cases spikes, and citizens are scared of allowing census takers in their homes. DZS is having...

Macedonia 26.03.21 | 16:01

After numerous threats, Zaev’s census chief now pleads with ethnic Macedonians to register

Apostol Simovski, the official of the Zaev regime tasked with carrying out his planned census, appealed to ethnic Macedonians today to register. This comes after an open boycott of the online process by the Macedonian diaspora and calls to boycott the in-person portion of the census due to the coronavirus...

Macedonia 26.03.21 | 09:39

Census organizer Simovski confirms that he has employees infected with the coronavirus, but still insists that the process must go ahead

State Statistics Bureau Apostol Simovski confirmed that four instructors preparing census workers are infected with the coronavirus. Simovski is preparing the census which Prime Minister Zoran Zaev insists must begin next week, even though the coronavirus infection rate is through the roof and Macedonia...

Macedonia 18.03.21 | 17:08

Ethnic Macedonian diaspora remains indifferent to Zaev’s census while Albanian parties and groups work overtime to register citizens

Apostol Simovski, head of the State Statistics Bureau, lamented the fact that the largely ethnic Macedonian diaspora in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US is boycotting the census initiated by the Zaev regime. Zaev is pushing for a census in coordination with the ethnic Albanian parties propping...

Macedonia 12.03.21 | 13:29

Doctor Karadzovski and his team of medical experts asked to decide whether the census will take place

After the State Statistics Bureau (DZS) agreed that it will postpone the census if medical experts advise so, the pressure is on the Committee on Infectious Diseases and its chief, doctor Zarko Karadzovski. Recommendations from the Committee are usually adopted as proposed by the Government, but the...

Macedonia 02.03.21 | 22:27

Statistics Bureau chief threatens people who access the census website from hidden locations

Statistics Bureau (DZS) director Apostol Simovski insisted that accessing the census website from VPN connections that mask the actual location of the user is a criminal act and that those who do so will be prosecuted. The latest threat from the DZS director comes after a number of social media posts...

Macedonia 01.03.21 | 17:39

Zaev’s Statistics Bureau chief again threatens citizens with penalties if they don’t participate in the census

Apostol Simovski, head of the State Statistics Bureau, again threatened citizens with penalties if they don’t participate in the census. The Zaev regime insists on holding a census in April despite the currently rising number of coronavirus infections, lack of vaccines and the high mortality rate,...

Macedonia 10.02.21 | 10:19

Statistics Bureau chief Simovski says he wanted a census without ethnic and religious designations, but was forced to back down

Apostol Simovski, head of the State Statistics Bureau, confirmed that his original intent was to have the census planned for this April take place without having the residents state their ethnic and religious affiliation. Simovski says that the ethnic bickering politicizes the census, but that he was...

Macedonia 08.02.21 | 10:18

Albanian emigrants can appoint a friend to state their national and religious affiliation, deputy census chief Selami insists

Ilmi Selami, the DUI party official who is co-chairman of the Statistics Bureau and has veto power over the coming census, said that Bureau chairman Apostol Simovski (appointed by the SDSM party) is wrong when he said that emigrants can’t report their ethnic and religious background. The ethnic...

Macedonia 21.01.21 | 22:54

Statistics Bureau chief threatens prison for those who don’t cooperate with the controversial census

Apostol Simovski, head of the Statistics Bureau, threatened those who try to boycott the census planned for April with up to five years in prison. The threat comes as the highly controversial law, that will count emigrants as residents, was rushed through the Parliament today. Ethnic Albanian politicians...

Macedonia 27.09.20 | 11:43

Census in 2021 with teams visiting every individual home

Apostol Simovski, the head of the Macedonian State Statistics Bureau (DZS) insists that the institution is prepare to conduct a reliable census in April 2021. Macedonia has last held a census in 2002, and an attempt to have one in 2011 was cut short after ethnic Albanian parties demanded that their high...

Macedonia 20.09.19 | 10:44

Zaev’s head of the Statistics Bureau denies his claims about “phantom voters”

Apostol Simovski, the head of the State Statistics Bureau, dismissed one of the most frequently repeated claims by Zoran Zaev, while he was in the opposition. Zaev and his SDSM party insisted that there is a huge number of phantom voters on the electoral rolls, and refused to participate in elections...

Macedonia 29.03.19 | 15:34

Faced with the hot census issue, Zaev’s Government will allow emigrants to be counted along with the residents

The State Statistics Bureau director Apostol Simovski announced that the coming 2020 census will not be a typical census of residents, like the one held in 2002, but would be geared toward adding the migrants – citizens who left Macedonia and live abroad. We will try to cover as many people living...