Presidential, Parliamentary and Local elections today
Serbia faces a crossroads today when voters across the nation will vote for a new President, members of the 250 seat National Assembly of the Republic and provincial and local councillors.
The Republic Electoral Commission (RIK) has announced that there are 7,026,579 who will vote at 8,585 polling stations, 37 of which will be abroad and 29 located in prisons. Polling will take place between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time.
In the national elections there will be 18 candidates’ lists for parliament and 12 presidential candidates. Serbia has a history of a major party joining forces with smaller parties to create one national list of candidates to fight the election.
In 2008 the ‘For a European Serbia’ led by the present president, Boris Tadić and his Democratic Party (DS) took 102 of the 250 seats. Today the DS led list is called ‘Choice for a Better Life’ and they look likely to come second with around 29.4% of the vote.
Their main opponents are the opposition Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) a 2008 splinter group from the far right strongly nationalistic Serbian Radical Party (SRS) which had dominated the polls in previous elections. Today the SNS is the dominant party with their ‘Let’s get Serbia Moving’ list on 33.4% of the vote.
The leader of the Serbian Progressive Party, Tomislav Nikolić, is neck and neck with Boris Tadić for the presidency according to the most recent opinion polls.
If Tadić and his supporters win then the country is likely to continue their march towards EU membership. If Nikolić and his supporters win then the country will look much more towards Russia and are likely to take a much harder line towards the European Union.