Ordinary Belgrade elections were held in Serbia on March 4th 2018. CRTA observation mission monitored overall process of elections. This report presents detail findings and provide recommendations for improvement of the quality of electoral process.

The quality of election process on the Election Day was not in line with international standards for free and fair elections. Serious breaches of electoral procedures were recorded at eight percent of polling stations. In comparison with 2017 presidential and 2016 parliamentary elections, the percentage of recorded irregularities at polling stations is higher.

The quality of election process on the Election Day was not in line with international standards for free and fair elections. Serious breaches of electoral procedures were recorded at eight percent of polling stations. In comparison with 2017 presidential and 2016 parliamentary elections, the percentage of recorded irregularities at polling stations is higher.

The work of the electoral administration, as well as of independent institutions that should ensure compliance with electoral rules and procedures, is not fully in line with the standards for free and fair elections. What casts a shadow on the election process is the fact that the work of the City Election Commission remained closed to the public in the first month of campaigning.

The aim of this audit was to determine the level of the Serbian citizens’ readiness to participate in democratic processes, that imply a series of different forms of citizen participation – from voting at the elections to initiating concrete campaigns; and to monitor the changes in the degree of participation in time. The results of the audit conducted in 2017 show that the general trend of positive changes noted in the previous year had ceased. The most noticeable negative trend was observed in the confidence of citizens that their own engagement can change things, whereas the most striking positive trend was reported in terms of supporting democracy as the best political system for Serbia.

On the basis of conducted analyzes and research,  CRTA, in cooperation with partners from the regional network of civil society organizations „ActionSEE“ , has developed Roadmap on good governance for state institutions in the Republic of Serbia. The road map contains a set of concrete steps and measures for improving good governance in our country.

Serbia held regular presidential elections on April 2nd 2017. The CRTA observation mission “Citizens on Watch”, monitored the entire electoral process (pre-election period, Election Day and post-election period) on the territory of Serbia, as a local independent non-partisan observer. Please find full report regarding presidential elections 2017.

During the past year parliaments in the region made a minor progress in terms of improving access to information about their work and openness to the public.

Parliamentary practice in Serbia during the past two decades show that the work of parliamentary committees is considerably marginalized