Elections have begun in Serbia, with President Vučić and his party a clear favorite

Updates: 03.04.2022 08:55

Belgrade – More than 8,000 polling stations opened in Serbia at 07:00 CET, where people will decide on the next president, the composition of parliament and the leadership of the capital Belgrade and 13 other cities and towns. A clear favorite is the current head of state, Aleksandar Vučić, who is seeking a second term. His conservative populist Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), which is opposed by the partially united opposition, is also heading for a clear victory.

Vučić has been a defining figure on the Serbian political scene for the past ten years, concentrating almost all the leverage in the country. In his first election in 2017, he won 55 percent of the votes in the first round, and current polls suggest that it will not be necessary to hold a second round this year either. In the 2020 elections to Skupina, which the majority of the opposition boycotted, the CIS won almost 61 percent of the vote, and this year’s polls attribute over 50 percent of the vote to it.

The majority of the traditionally fragmented democratic opposition is going to parliamentary elections this time together in the United Coalition for the Victory of Serbia. She also nominated a presidential candidate, former Chief of Staff Zdravko Ponoš. However, his chances against Vučič are considered slim. In the last weeks of the campaign, hopes of winning the mayor’s office in Belgrade have also diminished for joint opposition candidate Vladet Jankovic.

Due to the government’s negative attitude in Pristina, polling stations in Kosovo did not open this year. The local Serbs and other Kosovo residents with the right to vote – a total of about 100,000 people – can vote in the Serbian districts adjacent to Kosovo.

The “Super Elections Day” is overseen by more than 4,000 observers from domestic NGOs, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe and, for the first time, a European Parliament delegation.

The polling stations close at 20:00 CET and the first result estimates are expected after 21:00 CET.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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