Is international community going to intervene in Serbia like in 1996?

It is possible that, exactly 27 years later, Serbia will again see international mediation regarding the regularity of elections and election results – Đorđe Pavićević from the Green-Left Front, a candidate for parliament on the Serbia Against Violence election ticket, says.

When asked to compare the reign of Sloboan Milošević, the 1996 election fraud, the international intervention and persistent civil protests, with the current situation in Serbian society, Pavićević notes that there are some differences.

„It is not just about recognizing the election results as in 1996, but the regularity of the entire election process is called into question. The election fraud this time around was so systematic and transparent that it makes no sense to dispute elections on individual polling stations”, he points out.

He adds that new elections have to be called under different, fair conditions.

“An electoral commission intervening would make sense only if it had sufficient authority and access to all aspects of the election process. There is no need to bring in mediators without a clear mandate who would only get the opposing election actors to sit at the same table because this is approach has not worked so far,” believes Pavićević.

According to him, the OSCE observation mission and CRTA have plenty of evidence of the election fraud so it is pointless even to discuss whether the fraud took place and how it affected election results, Pavićević adds.

“Serbia is clearly entering a serious political crisis and sinking towards a bare autocracy in which laws and procedures serve as a cover for theft, while institutions become accomplices,” concludes Đorđe Pavićević.

Except for Vladimir Bilčik, the representative of the European Parliament for Serbia, who only had words of praise for the election process, the other foreign officials assessed the conditions in which the elections were held as oppressive.

Zoran Živković, one of the participants of the protests against the 1996 election theft, says that the first similarity between that time and the current one is that Aleksandar Vučić was a prominent figure in both regimes. “I expect those verbal complaints to grow into something serious and for the European Commission to initiate a process that would result in the creation of normal election conditions in Serbia,” Živković adds.

(Danas, 21.20.2023)

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