The report of the international observers of the 17th December elections in Serbia pointed out the serious irregularities that impacted the results of the elections. But the Serbian authorities quietly decided not to further investigate the allegations. The European Green Party insists that the irregularities around the elections have to be investigated at the international level.
The Republic Electoral Commission announced the final results of the parliamentary elections on 12th of January, rejecting the complaints of the main opposition coalition Serbia Against Violence. The deadline for filing complaints to the Constitutional Court for Belgrade elections was set for today 18th January, 15 days post-publication in Belgrade's Official Journal. The authorities pretend the Journal was supposedly published on January 3rd, but the issue of the Official Journal remained inaccessible to the public in any form.
Thomas Waitz, Member of the European Parliament, and Co-chair of the European Green Party, comments: “This is yet another example of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS, an associated member of the European People’s Party EPP) of Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić using all the means, including the capture of the media and the institutions, to stay in power. The Center for the Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA), which was closely monitoring the elections, concluded very clearly that the organized migration of the voters impacted the results of local elections in Belgrade.
Yesterday in the European Parliament in Strasbourg a plenary debate on Serbian elections took place. Thomas Waitz, MEP and Co-chair of the European Green Party, said that there is clear evidence that these elections were stolen. He called for an independent international investigation, and invited Member States not to accept the election results until the investigation is concluded.
The European Green Party (EGP) has earlier condemned the manipulation of the electoral will of the citizens of Serbia. EGP continues to stand in full solidarity and support to the people in Serbia protesting as their government failed them in delivering on basic democratic standards - the organization of the free and fair elections. We further demand the support to Serbia in implementing the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) recommendations and the close monitoring, as well as broader support in enhancing democratic processes in the country which aspires to join the European Union.