During the European Parliament’s Serbia Delegation meeting on the post-electoral landscape in Serbia, held on November 4th 2020, Crta’s Program Director and Chief of the Crta’s Election Observation Mission pointed out that the post-election atmosphere is not encouraging for democracy in Serbia.
Only with a clear and understandable approach to all citizens, without exception, can there be a sustainable digitalization in all spheres as an effective mechanism for significantly improving the lifestyle of the population. When we talk about digitalization in all spheres, we refer to the advancement and bigger efficiency of the institutions, organisations and other…
Elections for MPs of the 12th convocation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia were held on June 21st, 2020. In addition to the regular parliamentary elections, regular provincial elections were held on the same day, as well as elections for local assemblies in 154 cities and municipalities in Serbia. The CRTA observation…
We are looking for a colleague committed to supporting democracy, parliamentarism, elections, activism, media, civil society, to strengthen our program “Democratic Institutions” from the position of the Advocacy Manager.
Yet another election, a celebration of democracy, or in this case, a simulation of democracy in Serbia, finished. The circumstances of holding the elections were unique. The atmosphere before the elections had been called, and also during the campaign, was characterised by the boycott of some of the opposition parties. The reasons for a boycott were poor electoral circumstances and long years of deterioration of the democratic institutions in Serbia. The backsliding of democracy was confirmed by many organisations, among them Freedom House, which this year assessed Serbia as the hybrid regime. The epidemic has affected the entire world, and it has also made an impact on the elections in Serbia as the election activities were interrupted for almost two months.
The media and civil society organizations demand from the Ministry of Finance and the Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering to immediately present the grounds for suspicion due to which they ordered the extraordinary collection of information about organizations, media, and individuals from the commercial banks.
The preliminary report on the Election Day of the CRTA observation mission refers primarily to the quality of the process on the Election Day and is based on information collected from more than 1,700 accredited and trained short-term observers, who were deployed on a random and representative sample of 500 polling stations1. Our observers monitored the Election Day from the preparation and opening of polling stations to their closure and the announcement of election results at the observed polling stations. In addition to observing the elections inside polling stations, some observers deployed in 150 mobile teams monitored events in front of and around polling stations, while specially trained teams of our observers
CRTA’s election observation mission has made the decision not to observe the re-vote at 234 polling stations due to the current epidemiological situation. With full responsibility for a large number of citizens, members of our civic election observation mission, who should be deployed to polling stations, and considering the accelerating number of infected persons evidenced…
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