Opposition parties lost 160,000 votes in June 2nd election compared to December election

The opposition parties won about 160,000 fewer votes in the recent Belgrade City Assembly elections compared to the elections held on December 17 last year, but the ruling coalition also lost some voters, according to preliminary results.

The electoral ticket of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), which participated in the last election together with the Serbian Socialist Party (SPS), won 387,327 votes on June 2. In the December elections, SNS got 367,239 votes and the Socialists 44,671, totalling 411,910.

The ruling parties lost 37,000 voters in six months

If we add half of the 24,213 votes that Zavetnici, now a coalition partner of SNS, won in December in alliance with Dveri, we get 424,000 votes for the ruling parties in Belgrade at the end of 2023.

This means that in less than six months, the ruling coalition in Belgrade lost about 37,000 voters. Even more striking is the fact that the current coalition partners—SNS, the Socialist Party of Serbia, the Serbian Radical Party and Zavetnici—together won 459,098 votes in the April 3, 2022, Belgrade elections, which is 71,771 fewer votes than they got on June 2.

However, the ruling parties have recorded an even greater deficit compared to the Belgrade elections held in April 2022. At that time, SNS won 348,345 votes, the Socialists 64,050, Zavetnici 32,029, and the Serbian Radical Party 14,674, totalling 459,098. This means the ruling parties collectively lost 71,771 voters, or 15.63%, in a little over two years in Belgrade.

The opposition also saw a decline in voter support

The Serbia Against Violence coalition won 325,429 votes on December 17 last year, while six members of the former alliance ran on the We Choose Belgrad“ electoral ticket on June 2, which received 89,429 votes.

Part of the difference in votes likely went to the Kreni-Promeni Movement, which debuted in the June elections and received 129,867 votes from Belgrade voters. However, these two opposition tickets together still fell short by more than 100,000 votes compared to the Serbia Against Violence coalition’s results in December.

This decline is primarily due to the absence of the Freedom and Justice Party, Serbia Centre and Together Movement from the June 2 elections, which also led to lower voter turnout compared to December 17. The NADA coalition, New DSS and POKS also chose not to participate in the June 2 elections, having won 56,415 votes in the previous Belgrade elections.

It’s important to note that the voter turnout of 58.41% in December’s Belgrade elections is not entirely comparable to the turnout on June 2, which was 46.12%. This is mainly because the December 17 elections were held simultaneously with parliamentary elections, which typically see higher voter turnout than local-only elections.

(Nova, 09.06.2024)

https://nova.rs/vesti/politika/sns-nastavlja-pad-opozicija-u-jos-vecem-minusu-ko-je-koliko-izgubio-na-izborima-odrzanim-2-juna/

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