Belgrade election scheduled for June 2nd

Serbia will hold a rerun of Belgrade’s municipal election on June 2, parliament speaker Ana Brnabic said.

“It is my legal and constitutional obligation to sign the decree by midnight. It could have been earlier, but at the request of the opposition and Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic, the Belgrade elections were moved to June 2,” Brnabic said, as seen in a video published by Tanjug news agency.

The opposition is demanding concurrent local elections in 88 cities and municipalities including Belgrade’s 17 municipalities along with the City Assembly elections. Under the law, those local elections can be held on June 9 at the earliest. In order for them to be held a week earlier, as the opposition demanded, the law on local elections needs to be amended. Under that law, elections can be called 120 days before the vote at the earliest but no later than 45 days after the local council’s term in office expires.

The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) won the December 17 parliamentary election, which was held simultaneously with the municipal elections. The main opposition alliance, Serbia Against Violence, which came in second, insisted that both elections were allegedly fraught with irregularities, sparking significant street protests.

On December 20, the European Union said Serbia’s electoral process requires tangible improvement after a team of international observers pointed to a series of irregularities, such as “vote buying” and “ballot box stuffing”.

(Politika, SeeNews, 03.04.2024)


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