European Parliament to send observers to supervise Serbian election

The European Parliament is sending a six-member team on a week-long mission to Serbia to observe the run-up to and elections on December 17.

The delegation is comprised of Vladimir Bilcik, Viola Von Cramon, Klemen Groselj, Javier Nart, Andreas Schieder and Malin Bjork. The mission will be in Serbia on December 14 to 19 and will meet with key political players, European Union Ambassador Emanuel Giaufret, OSCE Mission and Council of Europe (CoE) officials as well as local civil society organizations including CeSID, CRTA, Transparency Serbia and others.

They will also meet with all the election ticket leaders, media representatives, the Republic Election Commission (RIK) and the Regulatory Body for Electronic Media (REM). The mission will meet with Aleksandar Vucic as president of Serbia.

Early parliamentary elections in Serbia, provincial elections in Vojvodina and in another 65 municipalities and cities, including Belgrade, have been announced for December 17.

The elections come when there is strong pressure from the European Union and the international community for Serbia to reinstate the dialogue with Kosovo and accept the EU’s plan for the normalization of relations, which is also supported by the US.

The elections also follow the tension in the north of Kosovo, which escalated with the recent armed attack by a Serb paramilitary group, when one member of the Kosovo police and three Serb attackers were killed, as well as growing discontent on the Serbian political scene and numerous affairs related to the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and its officials in the government.

The election campaigns in Serbia so far have been characterized by mutual accusations of “a dirty campaign” by both the ruling party and the opposition.

The campaign is accompanied by a disproportionate representation in the media, most of which are openly on the side of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and the SNS, which he directly and openly supports from the position of head of state, which is anti-constitutional.

(Al-Jazeera Balkans, 06.12.2023)

https://balkans.aljazeera.net/news/balkan/2023/12/6/groselj-predvodi-posmatracku-misiju-ep-a-na-izborima-u-srbiji

 

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