Serbian Parliament adopts amendments to election law

The Serbian Parliament adopted changes to the Law on Local Elections, allowing the authorities to meet the opposition’s demand to hold all local elections on the same date.

Under the amendments, all local elections across Serbia which have not been called yet can now be held on June 2, the date set for the Belgrade election.

MPs from opposition parties gathered around the demands put forward by Serbia against Violence (SPN) coalition for all local elections to take place on the same day, along with a review of the voter registry and equal access to the state TV (RTS).

The vote was 168 in favour of the amendments, 26 against and 11 abstentions. There were 204 of the total of 250 MPs present at the session.

MPs also voted to allow the law to take effect in less than 8 days after publication in the Official Gazette as defined by law.

Under the amended law, the timing of the local elections is 150 days before the end of the term for elected officials instead of the previous 120 days and no less than 30 days between the calling of the elections to the election day, instead of the previous 45 days.

Although the request for all the local elections to take place on the same day was put forward by the Serbia against Violence and NADA coalitions, only part of the Serbia against Violence coalition will participate in the Belgrade elections. Under the slogan “I choose to fight”, the following candidates will enter the election race – the People’s Movement of Serbia, the Green-Left Front, the Democratic Party, the Movement of Free Citizens, the Ecological Uprising and the New Face of Serbia.

(Insajder, 24.04.2024)

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