The executive director of CeSID (Centre for Free Elections and Democracy), Bojan Klačar, said yesterday that the results of the parliamentary elections are bad news for the opposition, as well as the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).
“These election results are bad news for the opposition. Especially for those opposition parties who took part in the election and, to a lesser extent, also for those who boycotted them. These results are not good for the SNS itself either, because they reflect a great concentration of political power, which implies great responsibility for making key political decisions,” Klačar told the N1 TV.
Klačar also said that the results could be interpreted in various ways:
“The first way is that there has been no political change. The second is that we will have a parliament that will not reflect the true state of mind of the voters, bearing in mind that some of the voters did not go to the polls and do not have their representatives. The third conclusion is that Serbia’s political system is dominated by one political party which dictates political trends and manages political life”.
Klačar added that important political changes will take place in the coming weeks. Speaking about the rumours that, despite the landslide victory, SNS could offer seats in the Serbian government to other parties as well, he said that the same thing happened after the previous elections.
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“SNS has always formed a larger coalition than was necessary in the parliament. It is almost certain that it will create space for some people who are not SNS members, and it is also certain that cooperation with the Bosniak and Hungarian national communities will continue successfully,” Klačar underlined.
According to him, the question is whether there will be room for the SPS and Ivica Dačić. SNS will probably try to form a somewhat larger coalition, to share responsibilities, among other things. Speaking of voter turnout, it is estimated that it was around 49%, and exact numbers will be published by the State Electoral Commission on Thursday.
Commenting on the election boycott, Klačar said that his impression was that the boycott had no chance of success and that voters expected something other than opposition.
“It seems that the time has come for the entire opposition to find different ways to fight the ruling party,” he concluded.
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