Group Says Detected Campaign to Suppress Voter Turnout in Macedonia

(From RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty)

A pro-democracy group says it has uncovered an extensive online effort to suppress voter turnout for a critical referendum in Macedonia on changing its name to accelerate its bid to join NATO and the European Union.

The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, whose members span the political spectrum and include such luminaries as former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, said the voter-suppression effort appeared aimed at defeating the referendum on September 30, which requires a 50 percent turnout to be valid.

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