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Serbia: election campaign ends, vote on Sunday

Few doubts about Vucic's party victory. Opposition boycotts

19 June, 14:03
(ANSA) - BELGRADO, 19 GIU - The election campaign for general and local elections scheduled for Sunday has come to an end in Serbia. The Serbian Progress Party (SNS, conservative), the majority force led by President Aleksandar Vucic, is ahead in the polls. Some surveys give the President's party percentages around or even higher than 50%. The latest poll, conducted in recent days, reported 58.2%. The Socialist Party (SPS) led by Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic is second, stuck at 12.5%. The radicals boycott the vote, and some small opposition parties are unlikely to reach the 3% threshold.

There will be electoral silence today and tomorrow, but this does not concern social media. About 21 lists of parties, movements, and formations, both from the government and the moderate opposition sides, run in the election. In an appeal issued yesterday, radical opposition leaders - Dragan Djilas, Bosko Obradovic, and Vuk Jeremic - urged citizens not to go to the polls on Sunday in order not to give legitimacy to President Vucic's "authoritarian regime and autocratic power." According to the radicals, the media are not free and are under the strict control of power, plus the health situation and the persistence of the coronavirus epidemic are not ideal conditions for regular elections. The slightly more than 6.5 million voters will be able to vote on Sunday in 8,385 polling stations from 7 am to 8 pm. About 3,340 local and 110 foreign observers will monitor the vote. (ANSA).

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