The second preliminary report of the CRTA observation mission refers to the period from May 25th to June 14th, before the proclamation of the election silence in the eve of the general and local elections scheduled for June 21st, 2020. During this period, different activities of the institutions in charge of conducting the elections was noted. The work of the Republic Election Commission underwent in accordance with the competencies and the existing legal framework, with increased educational and informative activity in comparison to previous years
The three finishing weeks of the election campaign were marked by additional relativisation of the division between state and party affairs and interests, as well as by heightened suspicions of misuse of public resources – as stated in the preliminary report of the CRTA observation mission for the period from May 24th to June 14th.
The election process and all election activities had been suspended for almost two months because of the
declaration of the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. These are important factors influencing
the elections in Serbia in 2020. The pause and the state of emergency were reflected in the dynamics of the election
campaign, conditioned by the ongoing measures of social distancing and further monitoring of the coronavirus
epidemic in the country. Apart from the dynamics in the way that political actors communicate with voters, the ban
on public gatherings and examples of testing virtual rallies in this reporting period, the feasibility of collecting and
verifying the signatures of those candidates who did not submit their lists before the break in the election process
was also a challenge.
CRTA’s election observation mission finalized the recruitment and training of more than 1.700 observers who will be deployed at the random representative sample of 500 polling stations on the Election Day on June 21. Observation of the election process at this sample will enable CRTA to report on election developments, as well as compliance with the law and electoral procedures at all polling stations in Serbia.
The election process and all election activities had been suspended for almost two months because of the declaration of the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. These are important factors influencing the elections in Serbia in 2020. The pause and the state of emergency were reflected in the dynamics of the election…
As domestic observation mission observing the elections by the highest international standards, CRTA will monitor and assess the quality of the election process on the election day, June 21, 2020. CRTA’s observes will be deployed at the random and representative sample of 500 polling stations across the country. In addition, CRTA’s mobile teams will monitor developments outside of polling stations in all Serbia’s regions on the election day, as well as the work of the Republic Electoral Commission.
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