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Serbia Elections 2016
Voters in Serbia head to polling stations today to choose new national and provincial parliaments as well as the largest number of local assemblies.

A total of 6,771.497 voters are eligible to cast ballots at 8,378 polling stations in Serbia.

In the parliamentary elections, 20 political lists with a total of 3,270 candidates will be competing for 250 seats.

Some 15 election lists are taking part in the race for 120 seats in the assembly of the autonomous northern province of Vojvodina.

Votes for the Serbian elections will be collected at 90 polling stations in Kosovo, the former
province of Serbia's whose independence, proclaimed in 2008, Serbia does not recognise. They will be collected by the OSCE.

Latest poll published by agency Factor Plus suggest that the ruling Progressive Party will win the election hands down with more than 50 per cent of votes in their favour.

Also rulling, Serbian Socilist Pary, led by the foreign minister Ivica Dacic, is expected to be second, with estimated 12,3 % of votes.

Some far-right parties, including the Serbian Radical Party of war crime defendant Vojislav Seselj, may return to parliament after years of being excluded. His party is expected to get 7,9% of support.

Everyone else may have problems winning seats as they are on the verge of the 5-per-cent threshold needed to enter parliament.

To get the full picture what’s at stake check our special focus page dedicated to Serbian elections.

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2016 Apr 24 01:13
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I guess Serbia will be the next member of the EU. Vucic is very intent on that, and this vote will give him a new mandate to proceed.
2016 Apr 24 10:05
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Now it's bad luck to be a democracy next to the EU: politicians have the opportunity to promise their voters pie in the sky on behalf of the EU, and if later something goes wrong they can blame the evil EU that failed them.

[...] just as it is not left unto us to choose our ancestors, so we may not choose our nation; we can only fulfil, or not fulfil, the obligations that come from being a member of our people’.
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2016 Apr 24 11:10
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(2016 Apr 24 11:10)W. R. Wrote:  Now it's bad luck to be a democracy next to the EU: politicians have the opportunity to promise their voters pie in the sky on behalf of the EU, and if later something goes wrong they can blame the evil EU that failed them.

When the other side of the political spectrum, e.g. Seselj, is calling for integration with Russia instead... can you really blame them? ;)

In any way, integration with the EU benefits Serbia in every way as it has benefited many intermarium countries from Estonia to Romania.

It's still very possible to maintain political independence within the EU as we have seen with the Visegrad Group countries opposing the general EU policy on refugees and other liberal policies.

If Le Pen and others have their way next year, we could see a further maintenance of the original idea of the EU, economic union rather than political.
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(2016 Apr 24 17:52)Flavius Wrote:  If Le Pen and others have their way next year, we could see a further maintenance of the original idea of the EU, economic union rather than political.

The FN will have to stop its socialist speech and reunite a good part of the right to win the presidential election. Otherwise Le Pen won't be elected and will only get few more seats at the legislative election.
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(2016 Apr 24 19:24)Erwann Wrote:  
(2016 Apr 24 17:52)Flavius Wrote:  If Le Pen and others have their way next year, we could see a further maintenance of the original idea of the EU, economic union rather than political.

The FN will have to stop its socialist speech and reunite a good part of the right to win the presidential election. Otherwise Le Pen won't be elected and will only get few more seats at the legislative election.

Isn't Le Pen on track to decisively defeat Hollande? I don't see Sarkozy making a comeback big enough to stop Le Pen's momentum. The only real threat is if Hollande decides to not run for reelection (and I doubt he will have the backing of his party, anyway, as he's so unpopular).

Le Pen can siphon off leftist voters with her social-minded policies and rightist voters with nationalist policies. If she manages to execute her message well then I don't think there's much that can stop her.

The only way Le Pen could lose is if another Republican front is mounted against Le Pen.
2016 Apr 24 19:51
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Quote:First results: SNS wins 51.8%; 3 more lists in parliament
The pre-election coalition gathered around the SNS has won 51.8 percent of the votes cast in early parliamentary elections in Serbia on Sunday.

SOURCE: B92, BETA, TANJUG SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016 | 22:03

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This is according to the preliminary results published by CeSID, based on 18 percent of polling stations.

Coalitions led by the SPS (12.2 percent) and the DS (5.5 percent) have also crossed the five-percent threshold and will have seats in the new parliament, as have the Radicals (SRS) with 7.7 percent.

The LDP-SDS-LSV (4.8 percent) and DSS-Dveri (4.7 percent) coalitions are among those who will not be represented in the National Assembly.

CeSID's Bojan Klacar told TV B92 on Sunday evening that these results should be taken with reserve, as changes are still possible.

Another group of election monitors, CRTA, announced that the turnout by 19:00 CET had been 53.1 percent. CeSID said the turnout at that time was 52.9 percent.

Early parliamentary elections were this Sunday in Serbia, along with local, and elections for the Vojvodina Provincial Assembly.

8,378 polling stations - 29 of which in prisons, 90 in Kosovo, and 38 abroad - opened at 07:00 CET and closed at 20:00 CET, with 6,739,441 citizens eligible to vote.

Representatives of the Republic Electoral Commission (RIK) told their first press conference on Sunday morning that parliamentary elections were taking place according to all domestic laws and international and democratic standards.

3,270 candidates on 20 electoral lists, six of which representing minorities, were competing to win one of 250 seats in Serbia's National Assembly. 1,687 domestic and 196 foreign observers are monitoring the voting today.

Serbians were also casting their ballots in 17 Belgrade municipalities, and 138 other municipalities and 25 cities across the country.

Elections were not held today for the City Assembly in Belgrade, nor for that in Zajecar. Municipalities of Arandjelovac, Bor, Vrbas, Kovin, Kosjeric, Lucani, Majdanpek, Medvedja, Mionica, Negotin, Odzaci and Pecinci were also not going to the polls as they held elections on various dates from 2013 until 2015.

15 electoral lists were competing for 150 seats in the Vojvodina Provincial Assembly.

Election silence remained in effect until the closing of the polling stations this evening. It means that election campaign and party propaganda was forbidden, along with public rallies, and publishing of any estimates of the results of the voting.

Media could report on the locations where candidates and other officials and politicians have voted, but could carry their statements given on the occasion until 20:00 CET.

20 lists

These were the 20 electoral lists in the early parliamentary election, in order in which they appeared on the ballot papers:

ALEKSANDAR VUCIC – SERBIA IS WINNING 250 candidates
FOR A JUST SERBIA – DEMOCRATIC PARTY (NOVA, DSHV, ZZS) 246 candidates
IVICA DACIC – “Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), United Serbia (JS) – Dragan Markovic Palma” 250 candidates
Dr VOJISLAV SESELJ - SERBIAN RADICAL PARTY 250 candidates
DVERI – DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF SERBIA – SANDA RASKOVIC IVIC - BOSKO OBRADOVIC 240 candidates
Vajdasagi Magyar Szovetseg - Pasztor Istvan - Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians - Istvan Pasztor 250 candidates
BORIS TADIC, CEDOMIR JOVANOVIC – ALLIANCE FOR A BETTER SERBIA – Liberal Democratic Party, League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina, Social Democratic Party 250 candidates
MUAMER ZUKORLIC – BOSNIAK DEMOCRATIC COMMUNITY OF SANDZAK 99 candidates
SDA Sandzak - Dr Sulejman Ugljanin 29 candidates
For Free Serbia – ZAVETNICI – Milica Djurdjevic 66 candidates
Civic Group FOR THE REVIVAL OF SERBIA – PROF. DR SLOBODAN KOMAZEC 186 candidates
RUSSIAN PARTY – SLOBODAN NIKOLIC 55 candidates
Republican Party - Republicánus párt – Nikola Sandulovic 131 candidates
SERBO-RUSSIAN MOVEMENT – SLOBODAN DIMITRIJEVIC 200 candidates
Borko Stefanovic – Serbia for All of Us 190 candidates
DIALOGUE – YOUTH WITH A STANCE – STANKO DEBELJAKOVIC 50 candidates
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – SASA RADULOVIC 250 candidates
PARTY OF DEMOCRATIC ACTION – ARDITA SINANI PARTIA PER VEPRIM DEMOKRATIK - ARDITA SINANI 8 candidates
GREEN PARTY 106 candidates
IN DEFIANCE – UNITED FOR SERBIA – PEOPLE’S ALLIANCE 164 candidates

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(2016 Apr 24 19:51)Flavius Wrote:  
(2016 Apr 24 19:24)Erwann Wrote:  
(2016 Apr 24 17:52)Flavius Wrote:  If Le Pen and others have their way next year, we could see a further maintenance of the original idea of the EU, economic union rather than political.

The FN will have to stop its socialist speech and reunite a good part of the right to win the presidential election. Otherwise Le Pen won't be elected and will only get few more seats at the legislative election.

Isn't Le Pen on track to decisively defeat Hollande? I don't see Sarkozy making a comeback big enough to stop Le Pen's momentum. The only real threat is if Hollande decides to not run for reelection (and I doubt he will have the backing of his party, anyway, as he's so unpopular).

Le Pen can siphon off leftist voters with her social-minded policies and rightist voters with nationalist policies. If she manages to execute her message well then I don't think there's much that can stop her.

The only way Le Pen could lose is if another Republican front is mounted against Le Pen.

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Hollande has no chance like Sarkozy. The boomer generation don't want changes, it most likely will be Juppé (LR/ex-UMP).

Le Pen already siphoned off all the possible leftist votes, not for her social-minded policies, more for anti-immigration policies.

Her only way to break it is to stop her anti-EU/anti-Euro speech and she will get the votes from the cuckservatives (LR) who are against immigration. But since she is under the influence of Philippot (Republican sovereignist), I am not sure it will happen.
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Serbian Opposition Rally Claims Election was Rigged

Several thousand supporters of Serbian opposition parties staged a protest on Saturday in Belgrade, claiming that last Sunday's elections were rigged and urging citizens to vote in repeat elections at 15 polling stations scheduled for Wednesday.

They also demanded the resignation of the President of the Election Commission, RIK, Dejan Djurdjevic, and the director of the Institute of Statistics, Miladin Kovacevic.

Opposition leaders said that although they had different ideological views, they would unite to defend democratic institutions and the will of citizens, which they said were jeopardized by the government of Aleksandar Vucic and his Serbian Progessive Party, SNS.

Bosko Obradovic, leader of the rightwing Dveri party, which has been narrowly excluded from parliament by only one vote, called on Vucic to admit the election was manipulated on Sunday, which is Serbian Orthodox Easter. “The Serbian Progressive Party will not determine the votes, Serbian citizens will,” Obradovic said.

More at link: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/...zg0Pp.dpuf
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Despite a massively watered-down programme the FN still does not attract a structural majority in elections, regardless on which level. And for real nationalists the FN at this point is as dubious as the Alternative for Germany (AfD). Now that both seem to be able to win elections here and there it has become quite evident that this alone changes nothing at all, unless you command the tens of thousands of squadristi you need to get things going.


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