As we mark the 30th anniversary of the first multiparty elections in Serbia, with less than a year and a half to go until the regular presidential and Belgrade elections, as well as the announced early parliamentary elections, CRTA is presenting a proposal for five key changes necessary for elections in Serbia to become substantially, and not just formally, democratic.
Crta’s Program Director speech on the state of democracy in Serbia during the meeting of the European Parliament’s Serbia Delegation
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.
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.
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…
CRTA asks the Government, Crisis Response Team and the REC to urgently clarify the epidemiological conditions for the conduct of the re-voting process
CRTA’s election observation mission has requested from the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the COVID-19 Infection Disease Crisis Response Team and the Republic Electoral Commission to urgently (i.e. today) and unequivocally clarify the conditions for the conduct of the re-voting process on July 1, 2020, considering the accelerating number of infected persons evidenced in the past days.
In terms of the quality of the election day conduct and, more significantly, the entire election process, 2020 parliamentary elections are the worst among the elections that CRTA observed thus far – the CRTA’s election observation mission concluded. CRTA’s mission monitored the election day in parliamentary elections at the random representative sample of 500 polls, which ensured the assessment and reporting on regularity of the election conduct for all polling stations.
Considering the still ongoing assessment of the quality of the election process, as well as the currently processed 87 percent of the monitoring sample, CRTA unequivocally concludes that only three electoral lists passed the census:
By 7pm election irregularities were recorded at a total of five percent of polling stations, which is higher than the percentage of irregularities than in 2016 parliamentary and 2017 presidential elections.