Some 100 polling stations remain closed in Macedonia for bad weather
About 100 polling stations in the Sunday's presidential election in Macedonia has remained closed due to bad weather, Xinhua reported.
"Out of the 2,976 polling stations across the country, about 100 still remain closed by 9:00 O'clock in the morning due to impassable roads caused by heavy snow," Zoran Tanevski, Macedonia's state election commission spokesman, told Xinhua.
Snowfall has hit Macedonia, especially its western and northen part, in the past few days. Although the snow has stopped, the roads are slushy and slippery with melting snow.
Tanevski said that officials of election committees are trying their most to deliver electoral materials to the remote polling stations affected by the snow.
Macedonians headed to the polls on Sunday for presidential and local elections which are deemed by the EU as a "test" for Macedonia's EU membership bid.
Polling stations were opened at 7:00 a.m., and will close at 7:00 p.m. local time. The first preliminary results are expected on Sunday night.
Almost 1.8 million eligible voters in the western Balkan country will choose their fourth president from seven candidates since it separated from former Yugoslavia in 1991, as well as 84 mayors of major towns in the country.
Latest polls suggest candidates from the ruling VMRO-DPMNE party and the main opposition Socialist are the front runners, but none of them are expected to win right in the first round, and a run-off on April 5 is most likely.