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00.40 am – Projections CeSID – Ipsos for the city assembly of Belgrade
Based on 57.2% of the sample processed, the most votes in Belgrade went to the list “Aleksandar Vucic – Together we can do anything”, at 38.8%. In second place is the list “Vladeta Jankovic – United for Belgrade’s victory” with 20.5%, followed by “We Must” with 10.6% of the vote, while in fourth place is the list “Tom Fila – Mayor of Belgrade” (socialist Party) with 7% of the vote. In fifth place is the NADA coalition with 6.2 per cent of the vote, followed by the Pledges party list with 3.6 per cent of the vote, and the Dveri-POKS coalition with 3.5 per cent. Below the threshold is the Let’s Go People coalition with 2.7 per cent, the Sovereignists with 2.2 per cent, the Serbian Radical Party with 1.7 per cent, and the “Nemanja Sarovic – for all normal world” list with 0.6 per cent and the Russian Minority Alliance with 0.4 per cent.
11.45 pm – Marinika Tepić commented: “This is the first time ever that the National Electoral Commission has started communicating election results before polling stations were even closed.”
Marinika Tepić, from the Zajedno za Srbiju coalition, has denounced the behaviour of the president of the National Electoral Commission and highlighted numerous abuses and irregularities in many polling stations. Vladeta Janković, a candidate for Belgrade mayor from the same coalition, has pointed out that there is a well-founded hope that the opposition can win in the capital. Zdravko Ponoš, the presidential candidate also from this coalition, has said: “We have managed to turn on the light, people started to come out of the darkness and become aware of their surroundings – the poverty, the quality of the environment, the courage to oppose and not to be afraid. People went out and voted. These elections are the beginning of the end of Aleksandar Vučić’s regime. The next election will be his end. We will not gamble with the votes you gave us”.
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11.12 pm – Aleksandar Vučić: “I’m satisfied with the great turnout. Here are our results.”
“What is important for our country is that the events in Ukraine had an impact on the elections and the vote shifted to the right. We will form the government with responsible political forces and not with those who act more as supporters than political interlocutors. Times ahead will not be easy.
According to the election results that we dispose of and that we believe are more complete than those presented by IPSOS, this is the projection of the votes in the parliamentary election – Aleksandar Vučić (Together We Can Do Everything ballot list) 44%, Marinika Tepić (United for Serbia’s Victory ballot list) 13.6%, Ivica Dačić (Prime Minister of Serbia ballot list) 11.4%, Dr Miloš Jovanović (Nada za Srbiju coalition) 5.3%, Moramo coalition 4.7%, Boško Obradović (Serbian movement ‘Dveri’)/POKS 3.8%, Milica Djurdjević Stamenkovski (Zavetnici coalition) 3.9% and Ajmo Ljudi coalition 1.6%.
The following are the preliminary results from the presidential election that we dispose of – Aleksandar Vučić 60%, Zdravko Ponoš 17.7%, Miloš Jovanović 5.9%, Boško Obradović 4.5% and Milica Djudjević Stamenković 4%,” Vučić has added.
11.00 pm – RIK begins to communicate the first results from 10% of polling stations
The National Electoral Commission (RIK) has announced the first election results according to which the SNS coalition has won 51.55% of the votes, the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) 13.26%, the Savez za Budućnost Srbije coalition 7.48%, the Nada za Srbiju coalition 3.94%, Zavetnici 3.62%, Dveri 3.37%, the Serbian Radical Party 2.26%, the Moramo coalition 2.11% and the Ajmo Ljudi coalition 1.17%.
10.50 pm – CeSID – IPSOS projections on 70.4% of polling stations
Aleksandar Vučić (Together We Can Do Everything ballot list) 43.1%, Marinika Tepić (United for Serbia’s Victory ballot list) 13.2%, Ivica Dačić (Prime Minister of Serbia ballot list) 11.4%, Dr Miloš Jovanović (Hope for Serbia ballot list) 5.4%, Moramo coalition 4.5%, Boško Obradović (Serbian movement ‘Dveri’)/POKS 4.0%, and Milica Djurdjević Stamenkovski (Zavetnici coalition) 3.9%.
In terms of the national minority parties, the Alliance of Vojvodinian Hungarians/Istvan Pasztor is projected to win 1.6% of the votes, The Legacy of the Mufti – Party of Justice and Reconciliation 1%, Together for Vojvodina 0.7%, SDA Sandžak/Dr Sulejman Ugljanin 0.5% and the Albanian Coalition 0.3%.
10.40 pm – CeSID-Ipsos projections based on 60.9% of the polling stations
According to CeSID-Ipsos projections on 60.9% of the polling stations, in the presidential race, Aleksandar Vučić would get 59.3% of the votes, followed by Zdravko Ponoš 17.4%, Miloš Jovanović 5.4%, Boško Obradović 4.5% and Milica Djordević 4.5%.
In the parliamentary elections, based on the projections from 66.9% of the polling stations, the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) would win 43.2% of the votes, Alliance for Serbia 13.1%, Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) and United Serbia 11.5% and the Nada Srbije coalition 5.4%.
10.10 pm – RIK suspends the announcement of the election results until tomorrow evening
RIK President Vladimir Dimitrijević, of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), arbitrarily decided to suspend official announcements of election results until tomorrow evening at 8 pm, contradicting his previous statements. There are vehement protests by the opposition who accuse the SNS of exerting a lot of pressure on the National Electoral Commission (RIK).
9.40 p.m. – RIK: votes from 2% of polling stations counted for presidential elections, Vucic currently at 71% of votes.
9.36 pm – RIK, the national electoral commission, postpones ballot count and announcement of the first preliminary election results due to the fact that a number of polling stations is still open.
Observed polling irregularities so far
CRTA, an organization that monitors the elections, reported several irregularities, including photographing of ballots.
N1 TV station reported that an opposition leader, Pavle Grbović, had been attacked and injured not far from his polling station in Belgrade and showed footage of the incident filmed by a mobile phone. Grbovic confirmed the incident on Twitter.
CRTA also confirmed that the first part of the election day was marked by tensions and verbal violence, and cases of physical violence were recorded in front of several polling stations.
Large crowds were noticed at the polling stations in Kuršumlija, Tutin, Bujanovac and Raška, where voters from Kosovo and Metohija are voting. A large number of buses with voters arrived there in the morning.
CRTA also said that the voting at polling stations is poorly organised, with voters not having guaranteed secrecy when voting. The increased presence of the police in front of the polling stations was also noticed.
CRTA’s election observation mission has submitted five complaints to the police so far, on account of electoral corruption. Two complaints refer to cases of “carousel voting” that CRTA’s observers recorded in Kula and Surčin, and three other to cases of vote-buying identified in Majdanpek, Žitoradja and the Belgrade municipality of Čukarica.
Sporadic cases of irregularities, such as the inadequate preparation of polling stations, parallel ballot lists and breaches of secrecy of voting, were recorded at 10 percent of polling stations in Serbia and 5 percent in Belgrade.
9.05 pm. Polling stations not yet closed due to voters queuing for over two hours in some constituencies.
The huge and unexpected turnout does not allow to publish the first data on the definitive turnout scheduled for 9 pm
8.55 pm. First comments from experts on pro-government Kurir TV
The first guests of Kurir TV were Bojan Bilbija, the editor of the political column in the daily Politika, and Professor Vladimir Vuletić, a sociologist.
– It should be said that this turnout is within the limits of what is expected, if we look at three or four election rounds. This is something more than that. We remember that there was a boycott, and this was expected. We have to look at the total turnout in the context of what is possible at all. A large number of our citizens do not live in Serbia. We know that the census is relatively low. When it comes to the main parties that have predictions of more than 10%, deviations will not affect them, but those that are within the census can be affected – said for Vladimir Kurir professor Professor Vladimir Vuletic, a sociologist.
Bojan Bilbija, the editor of the political column in the daily Politika, believes that there was no dirty campaign.
– The election campaign, I heard that it will be the dirtiest so far, that did not happen, at least on the part of the ruling party and the coalition. I think they were polite. That did not happen on the part of the opposition either. I think the parties have conceived their campaigns well. The government is based on results, and the opposition is based on criticism. And this increased turnout is the result of the parties being able to encourage voters to come out. Higher turnout means a higher threshold of the census, no matter how it was reduced. There is one circle of voters, and that is the right, and it is a phenomenon. These are people who get a lot of information on social networks. Political parties have emerged that profile themselves on some other topics – said Bojan Bilbija, editor of the political column in the daily Politika.
“This campaign is in the shadow of what is happening in Ukraine. We see that some topics, such as environmental, are completely shadowed by that. And such is the situation in Europe as well. When it comes to the level of culture, of course, there is still a certain kind of division, it is very planned by some actors to encourage it. I hope that the citizens recognize that. Elections are a celebration of democracy and are here to overcome such divisions. I have no impression that political culture has progressed” said Professor Vladimir Vuletić, sociologist, for Kurir television.
8.32 pm. The expected turnout exceeds 60%. Disputes and conflicts in various polling stations
In many polling stations in Belgrade, voting operations were prolonged well beyond the 8 p.m. deadline due to the large turnout. According to the CRTA, there were disputes and incorrect electoral procedures in at least 10% of Belgrade’s polling stations. Numerous incidents are reported at polling stations, particularly in Novi Sad, Krusevac, Cacak and the Belgrade district of Zvezdara.
7.54 pm Welcome to the live text on the elections in the Republic of Serbia on Sunday 3 April 2022.
By 7 p.m., 54.9% of the 6,502,307 Serbs eligible to vote had gone to the polling stations. This is a very strong increase compared to 44.9% in the 2020 general election when most opposition parties boycotted the vote. According to these data, the elections of 3 April 2022, which group the vote for the new President of the Republic, for the renewal of the parliament and municipal councils of 12 cities, including Belgrade, will record the highest turnout in the last decade. In the graph released by CesID, the turnout data at 7 pm in the last five electoral rounds.
The high turnout should be an indication of a renewed involvement of a large part of the population that is in opposition to the current government and that in the last electoral rounds had not gone to the polls.
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