Serbia votes in General Election
Serbia is voting to elect a new National Assembly today. There are 6,737,808 eligible voters who will vote between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time and they have a choice of 20 electoral lists and 3,270 candidates for the 250 seat parliament. There are 8,378 polling stations of which 38 are overseas. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is organising the collection of Serbian votes in Kosovo where 90 polling stations will be open.
The election was due to be held in March 2018 but Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić called a snap election in preparation for negotiations on Serbia’s accession to the European Union which they hope can be concluded by 2020.
In the 2014 general election Aleksandar Vučić’s “Future We Believe In” in a coalition of Vučić’s centre-right Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), the centre-left Social Democratic Party of Serbia (SDPS), the right-wing New Serbia (NS), centre-right Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) and the left-wing Movement of Socialists (PS) won 158 seats of which the SNS took 131 seats.
Another list comprising the left-wing Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), centre-left Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS) and centre-right United Serbia (JS) led by former prime minister Ivica Dačić won 44 seats.
A third list comprising the centre-left Democratic Party (DS), centrist New Party (Nova), Democratic Alliance of Croats in Vojvodina (DSHV), the United Trade Unions of Serbia Sloga (USS), and Rich Serbia (BS) led by Dragan Đilas won 19 seats.
A list led by the Social Democratic Party (SDS) of former president Boris Tadić won 18 seats. There were three other smaller parties who won seats but notably the right-wing and Eurosceptic Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) led by former president and prime minister Vojislav Koštunica lost all of their 21 seats to lose representation in the new parliament.
In 2016 Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić is leading a list “Serbia Is Winning” which is led by the
Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and comprises the Social Democratic Party of Serbia (SDPS), Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS), New Serbia (NS), Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO), Movement of Socialists (PS), centre-right Strength of Serbia Movement (PSS), Independent Democratic Party of Serbia and the Serbian People’s Party. The most recent opinion polls suggest that they will take about 54% of the vote.
Ivica Dačić and his Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) is leading an alliance of the centre-right United Serbia (JS), centre-left Greens of Serbia (ZS) and the Communist Party (KP). They are on 11% of the vote according to opinion polls.
The Democratic Party (DS) is leading a list called For A Just Serbia which includes the New Party (Nova), left-wing Reformist Party, Movement “I live for The Frontier”, Democratic Alliance of Croats in Vojvodina (DSHV), the centre-left Together for Serbia (ZZS) and the centre-right Together for Šumadija. They are very close to the 5% threshold for representation for lists.
The far-right Serbian Radical Party (SRS) is on around 7% of the vote.