Elections 2020: Convincing victory for the SNS, SPS and SPAS win parliament seats

Voters in Serbia voted for the parliamentary and local elections while a segment of the opposition parties decided to boycott the elections altogether.

According to the first provisional results, the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) won the election with 63.35% of the vote, announced the State Electoral Commission (RIK). The Serbian Socialist Party (SPS) received the support of 10.67% of the voters. The Serbian Patriotic Association of the former water polo player and mayor of the municipality of New Belgrade, Aleksandar Šapić (SPAS), took 2.17%, according to RIK’s data.

Apart from national minority parties also winning parliament seats, preliminary results show that the little known “Pokret za obnovu kraljevine Srbije” (Movement for the Renewal of the Kingdom of Serbia) won 2.9% of the votes.

RIK will announce the final election results by 25th June, 20:00 h.

Parliamentary mandates

It is estimated that the Serbian Progressive Party will have 189 out of 250 MEPs, according to projections by CESID and the IPSOS agency.

The Serbian Socialist Party will have 32 seats and SPAS 12.

According to analysts, the opposition and minority parties will have less than a fifth of the seats.

According to the evaluations of the CRTA observers, the turnout was 45.5%, while CESID claims that the turnout was 44.9%. The Serbian Progressive Party, on the other hand, announced that the turnout was 50.2%.

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Reactions to results

The President of Serbia and the SNS, Aleksandar Vučić, said that the Progressives got more than two million votes out of 3.3 million people who voted.

“Tonight, we have gained enormous trust from the people, the biggest ever in Serbia,” said Vučić at the headquarters of the Serbian Progressive Party, where the election results were greeted with trumpets.

“I have been in politics for a long time, but I have never experienced a moment like this,” said the leader of the Serbian Progressive Party. The president of the Serbian Socialist Party, Ivica Dačić, said that the elections were held in a fair democratic climate and that the election boycott of part of the opposition “failed”.

“If it is in the best interest of the state to continue the coalition [with the SNS], we are ready,” Dačić told journalists at the SPS election headquarters.

The leader of SPAS, Aleksandar Šapić, congratulated the voters on SPAS’ certain entry into the parliament.

“I will not close the door to anyone, I will talk to everyone,” said Šapić about the possibility of forming post-election coalitions.

Sergej Trifunović, leader of the Free Citizens’ Movement (PSG), which did not go over the electoral threshold, announced that PSG will continue the political fight.

“This society is deeply ill, we will work to cure it,” said Trifunović.

Why is voter turnout important?

In February 2020, the electoral threshold was lowered from 5 to 3%, except for national minority parties.

The European Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi said the EU is determined to help Serbia make rapid progress towards the EU and support its economic recovery after the pandemic crisis.

“Today is an important day for Serbia with the country holding parliamentary and local elections. We look forward to working with the new government on EU-related reforms,” Varhelyi wrote on Twitter.

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Analysts believe that voter turnout was a problem in these elections for several reasons, due to the boycott campaign, the epidemic and the bad weather.

“The certainty of knowing who was going to win the elections is also reflected in voter turnout, because some voters believed that it was not necessary to vote when the results were known in advance,” said Professor Slaviša Orlović of the Faculty of Political Sciences for RTS TV.

“Although the electoral threshold has been reduced to 3%, it seems that this too is a high threshold for certain parties and coalitions to reach,” Orlović added.

Analyst Cvijetin Milivojevic estimated that the turnout in parliamentary, provincial and local elections was “absolutely the lowest” since the 2008 elections.

“It is not possible for the turnout in today’s elections to reach 50% if, according to RIK data, only 40.82% of registered voters in Serbia had voted by 18:00 h,” said Milivojevic for N1.

Analysts say that the 50% turnout is “a kind of psychological limit”.

“A parliament based on the 50% turnout is not representative enough,” says journalist Zoran Panović, adding that that would not eliminate the contradictions in society.

(Naslovi.net, Beta, 22.06.2020)

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