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Polls Close In Macedonian Local Vote

13 March 2005 -- Polls have now closed in Macedonia's municipal elections.

Some 1.7 million voters were eligible to choose their representatives and mayors for 85 local councils.

The voting is seen as particularly important because it's the final step in fulfiling a 2001 peace agreement, which ended fighting between government forces and guerrillas from the ethnic Albanian minority.

State Election Commission spokesman Zoran Tanevski told AFP turnout was 33 percent several hours before voting ended.

Tanevski said voting went smoothly at nearly all the 3,000 polling booths around the country, but he said fights between election workers forced the closure of three polling stations.

Tanevski said voting in the three districts affected by the closures would be postponed until 27 March.