Sept. 30, 2018 Held

North Macedonia


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:666,743
Valid Votes:647,513
Invalid Votes:19,221

Referendum Vote Share

Do you support EU and NATO membership by accepting the deal between Macedonia and Greece?




Election Results Modified: May 10, 2024

General Information

Note on the results: 

  • Although 91.46% of voters voted yes, the turnout was too low for the referendum to pass.

Macedonia: Referendum, 30 September 2018  

At stake in this referendum:  

  • The name of the country of Macedonia

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Gjorge IVANOV 
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Zoran ZAEV
  • Assembly: Macedonia has a unicameral Sobranie (Assembly) consisting of 123 seats with members serving 4-year terms.

Electoral requirements:  

  • Two conditions must be met for the referendum to pass: a simple majority of participating voters voting in favor of the referendum, and at least half of all eligible voters participating in the vote. 

About the referendum:  

  • If passed, the country's name will be changed to the Republic of North Macedonia. The name change is part of a deal with Greece, in which Greece agreed not to veto Macedonia's attempt to join NATO and the EU if Macedonia agreed to change its name.

​Main Provisions in the Referendum:

  • Do you support EU and NATO membership by accepting the deal between Macedonia and Greece?*

​* This is an unofficial translation of the original question.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 2,103,721 (July 2017 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 1,779,572 (2014)

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 1,056,037 (July 2017 est.)
  • Is Macedonia a signatory to CEDAW: No
  • Has Macedonia ratified CEDAW: Yes, succession (18 January 1994)
  • Gender Quota: Yes
  • Female candidates in this election: Yes
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 40 (32.52%)
  • Human Development Index Position: 81
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Medium

Disability Data:

  • Is Macedonia a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
  • Has Macedonia ratified CRPD: Yes (29 December 2011)
  • Population with a disability: 
Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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