On the eve of the election of candidates for the local community councils in Novi Sad, Andrej Vučić, the Serbian president’s brother, and Miloš Vučević, the mayor of Novi Sad, visited the polling stations.
Photos of them posing with members of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) appeared on social networks. However, the reason why the two of them were present at the election was not revealed.
One of the Instagram posts reads that Andrej Vučić and Miloš Vučević visited the local community councils of Gavrilo Princip and Bistrica, and in the photo, they are posing with the members of the Serbian Progressive Party.
In regard to the election, opposition parties are reporting on numerous regularities.
The Novi Sad branch of Pokret za Preokret claims that “voters are exposed to a lot of pressure”, as well as that there have been cases of bribing the voters and the media reported negatively about the opposition candidates, on top of lack of public information about the election.
The Assembly of Free Serbia (Skupština Slobodne Srbije) also claims that “the elections for local community councils in Novi Sad are being held in completely irregular conditions, which include intimidation of the electorate, buying votes, abuse of electoral lists and an army of the SNS activists standing in front of polling stations and pressuring people to vote for their candidates “.
They add that “certain independent, non-partisan candidates were exposed to threats and even physical attacks in these elections.”
“In the past few days, the Serbian Progressive Party activists were engaged in door-to-door canvassing, spread misinformation, giving out gifts and flyers with the names of their candidates for local community councils, all bearing photos of Aleksandar Vučić and the Novi Sad Mayor, Miloš Vučević, although political parties were not allowed to participate in this election,” the Assembly of Free Serbia’s statement said.
(Nova, 021.rs, 12.06.2021)
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