Serbian presidential election, 2017

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Serbian presidential election, 2017
Serbia
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  Aleksandar Vučić crop.jpg Sasa Jankovic Cropped.jpg
Nominee Aleksandar Vučić Saša Janković
Party SNS Independent
Popular vote 2,012,788 597,728
Percentage 56.01% 16.63%

Serbian parliamentary election (2016) by majority of popular vote in each district.svg
Election results by district
  Aleksandar Vučić

President before election

Tomislav Nikolić
Independent

Elected President

Aleksandar Vučić
SNS

Presidential elections were held in Serbia on 2 April 2017,[1] the eleventh since the office of President was introduced in 1990. Incumbent President Tomislav Nikolić was eligible to run for a second five year term, but opted not to do so. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić was elected as President in the first round.

Electoral system

The President of Serbia is elected for a five-year term using the two-round system.[2] Incumbent President's term is scheduled to expire on 31 May.[3]

Candidates

Serbia's Electoral Commission confirmed eleven candidates. Candidate numbers were decided using a random draw on 17 March.[4]

No. Candidate Party affiliation Background Proof of nomination
1.
Sasa Jankovic Cropped.jpg Saša Janković   independent Former Serbian national Ombudsman (2007-2017), his first presidential nomination. Submitted 17,134 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[5]
2.
Vuk Jeremić Crop.jpg Vuk Jeremić   independent Former Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2012) and former President of the United Nations General Assembly (2012-2013), his first presidential nomination. Submitted 14,360 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[6]
3.
No avatar.png Miroslav Parović   NSP President of National Freedom Movement, his first presidential nomination. Submitted 10.390 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[7]
4.
Sasa Radulovic Crop.jpg Saša Radulović   DJB President of Enough is Enough political party, former Minister of Economy (2013-2014), his first presidential nomination. Submitted 10,579 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[8]
5.
No avatar.png Luka Maksimović   independent The leader of a parody political party Sarmu probo nisi (SPN), his first presidential nomination. Submitted 12,270 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[9]
6.
Aleksandar Vučić crop.jpg Aleksandar Vučić   SNS Current Prime Minister of Serbia (2014-), former Minister of Information (1998-2000) and Minister of Defence (2012-2013), his first presidential nomination. Submitted 56,516 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[10]
7.
Bosko Obradovic Dveri.jpg Boško Obradović   Dveri President of Dveri political party, his first presidential nomination. Submitted 11,212 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[11]
8.
Vojislav Šešelj.jpg Vojislav Šešelj   SRS Founder and president of Serbian Radical Party, his sixth presidential nomination. Submitted 12,970 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[12]
9.
No avatar.png Aleksandar Popović   DSS Former Minister of Science and Environmental Protection (2004-2007) and Minister of Energy and Mining (2007-2008), his first presidential nomination. Submitted 10,504 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[13]
10.
Milan Stamatovic Crop.jpg Milan Stamatović   independent President of Čajetina municipality since 2004, his first presidential nomination. Submitted 12,027 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[7]
11.
Nenad Canak crop.jpg Nenad Čanak   LSV President of League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina, his first presidential nomination. Submitted 11,004 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[14]

Campaigns which ended before the electoral window

On 15 February 2017, news outlets announced that Tomislav Nikolić had decided to run for president, despite not being nominated by the SNS.[15] However, five days later he publicly stated that he would not run for re-election.[16] Likewise, Dušan Janjić from Active Serbia had announced his candidacy in May 2016,[17] only to prematurely end his campaign on March 11, 2017.[18] On March 12, 2017, independent candidate Vladimir Rajčić announced that he terminated his presidential campaign, but that he will be active in future elections.[19] In March 2017 independent candidates Danijela Sremac, Saša Mirković and Andrej Fajgelj decided to end their campaigns.

Opinion polls

Date Polling Firm Aleksandar Vučić crop.jpg
Vučić
SNS*
Sasa Jankovic Cropped.jpg
Janković
Ind.
Vojislav Šešelj.jpg
Šešelj
SRS
Vuk Jeremić Crop.jpg
Jeremić
Ind.
Bosko Obradovic Dveri.jpg
Obradović
Dveri
No avatar.png
Maksimović
Ind.
No avatar.png
Popović
DSS
Milan Stamatovic Crop.jpg
Stamatović
Ind.
No avatar.png
Parović
NSP
Nenad Canak crop.jpg
Čanak
LSV
Sasa Radulovic Crop.jpg
Radulović
DJB
Lead
30 Mar NSPM 52.8 12.1 7.4 9.4 3.0 8.6 1.3 0.7 0.4 1.3 3.0 40.7
30 Mar Ipsos 54.3 12.8 6.5 6.8 3.2 9.5 - - - 1.1 1.8 41.5
29 Mar Demostat 56.2 8.9 8.8 9.3 <3.0 9.5 <3.0 <3.0 <3.0 <3.0 <3.0 46.7
25 Mar Faktor Plus 53.3 15.1 5.5 8.6 2.8 7.5 <3.0 2.0 <3.0 <3.0 <3.0 38.2
23 Mar CeSID 53.0 14.0 10.0 12.0 - 5.0 - - - - - 39.0
22 Mar Ninamedia 50.0 12.5 7.1 7.2 <5.0 11.9 <5.0 <5.0 <5.0 <5.0 <5.0 37.5
18 Mar Ipsos 53.0 10.6 8.7 6.9 3.5 11.0 1.1 1.5 0.3 1.7 1.7 42.0
17 Mar Demostat 57.0 11.0 8.0 9.0 3.0 3.0 <3.0 <3.0 <3.0 <3.0 <3.0 46.0
16 Mar NSPM 54.9 10.8 7.0 11.1 3.3 7.9 0.9 0.7 0.4 1.0 2.1 43.8
7 Mar Faktor Plus 53.1 14.5 11.0 11.1 3.9 - - 2.0 - <2.0 2.4 38.6
28 Feb Ipsos 52.3 13.9 11.0 13.3 3.7 - 0.8 0.8 - 1.7 - 38.4
* Also nominating: SPS, SDPS, JS, PUPS, PS, SPO, PSS – BK, SVM

Conduct

On 3 April 2017, the Republican Electoral Commission announced that the election results from two polling stations in Bačka Palanka and Zrenjanin would be annulled and followed by a repeat vote at those stations on 11 April. This was due to reports of electoral fraud.[20] The following day, the election results were anulled in a further six municipalities, with re-runs also scheduled for 11 April.[21] The repeat vote in the eight municipalities will not change the outcome of the elections, as there are only 9,851 voters who are eligible to vote,[21] fewer than Vučić's margin of victory.

In Novi Pazar, where Vučić recorded 74.43% of the vote, Sead Biberović from the Novi Pazar-based NGO called "Urban-IN" claimed that there were "serious crimes committed at multiple polling stations," and that "some people went from station to station, where they threatened, used ransoms, and lied".[22] Rešad Hodžić, who was Saša Janković's campaign representative in Novi Pazar, claimed that "30,000 lists were prepared in the trunks of cars circulating between polling places, in an attempt to be cast into the voting boxes."[23] He said that the Janković campaign workers did as much as they could to stop electoral fraud, going on to say:

On 3 April, following the announcement of Vučić's victory, a student protest formed in front of the Serbian National Assembly, which, according to Danas, was attended by over 10,000 people.[24] Protests after the election results were announced emerged in 15 cities throughout Serbia.[25]

Results

As Vučić received more than 50% of votes, no second round was held and he was elected.

Candidate Party Votes %
Aleksandar Vučić Serbian Progressive Party 2,012,788 56.01
Saša Janković Independent 597,728 16.63
Luka Maksimović Independent 344,498 9.59
Vuk Jeremić Independent 206,676 5.75
Vojislav Šešelj Serbian Radical Party 163,802 4.56
Boško Obradović Dveri 83,523 2.32
Saša Radulović Enough is Enough 51,651 1.44
Milan Stamatović Independent 42,193 1.17
Nenad Čanak League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina 41,070 1.14
Aleksandar Popović Democratic Party of Serbia 38,167 1.06
Miroslav Parović National Freedom Movement 11,540 0.32
Invalid/blank votes 61,729
Total 3,655,365 100
Registered voters/turnout 54.36
Source: RIK

Aftermath

The election was marred by accusations of voter intimidation and a near total domination of Serbia’s media by Vučić and his party.[26] Following the announcement of the results, protests were held across Serbia against Vučić's victory.[27]

References

  1. ^ Serbia to hold presidential elections on April 2 B92, 28 February 2017
  2. ^ Serbia IFES
  3. ^ President-elect Vucic to remain PM for another two months B92, 3 April 2017
  4. ^ Izborni listići: Janković 1, Jeremić 2, Beli 5, Vučić 6 B92, 17 March 2017
  5. ^ "Девета седница Републичке изборне комисије". www.rik.parlament.gov.rs. 5 March 2017. Retrieved 5 march 2017.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "RIK proglasila kandidaturu Vuka Jeremića". www.b92.net. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "RIK proglasio kandidature Čanka, Stamatovića i Parovića, Beli nije na dnevnom redu". 
  8. ^ "16. sednica RIK-a". 
  9. ^ "Haos zbog Belog". 
  10. ^ "Девета седница Републичке изборне комисије". www.rik.parlament.gov.rs. 5 March 2017. Retrieved 5 march 2017.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. ^ "RIK: Proglašena kandidatura Boška Obradovića". 
  12. ^ "RIK proglasio kandidaturu Vojislava Šešelja za predsednika". www.blic.rs. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Proglašena kandidatura Aleksandra Popovića". 
  14. ^ "RIK: Potvrđeni Stamatović, Parović i Čanak, Beli nije još". 
  15. ^ "Nikolić odlučio da se kandiduje za predsednika". N1. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "OTKRIVAMO SVE DETALJE Nikolić se predao posle TIHIH SIGNALA IZ MOSKVE". Blic. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  17. ^ I Dušan Janjić najavljuje kandidaturu za predsednika Srbije Blic, 19 May 2016
  18. ^ [1] B92: Janjić odustao od predsedničke trke (in Serbian). March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  19. ^ [2] Blic: Rajčić odustao od kandidature za predsednika Srbije (in Serbian). March 12, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  20. ^ Tanjug (4 April 2017). "Mondo: Poništeni izbori: Sumnjiv JMBG i višak listića" (in Serbian). Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  21. ^ a b Tanjug (4 April 2017). "Večernje Novosti: Ponovljanje izbora na osam biračkih mesta 11. aprila" (in Serbian). 
  22. ^ A. Bajrović (3 April 2017). "Radio Sto Plus: Biberović: Rezultati ne pokazuju stvarno opredeljenje Novopazaraca" (in Serbian). Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  23. ^ a b N. Kočović (4 April 2017). "Radio Sto Plus: Hodžić: Totalna krađa, ni devedesetih nije bilo ovako" (in Serbian). Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  24. ^ "Danas: Više od 10.000 mladih protestuje protiv diktature" (in Serbian). 3 April 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  25. ^ "Danas: Protesti protiv vlasti u 15 gradova Srbije" (in Serbian). 4 April 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  26. ^ "A Serbian Election Erodes Democracy". The New York Times. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  27. ^ Da Silva, Chantal (8 April 2017). "Serbian protesters accuse media of turning blind eye, as anti-corruption rallies continue". The Independent. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 

External links

  • Media related to 2017 elections in Serbia at Wikimedia Commons
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