Serbian election outcome to remain unclear for at least another week

The post-election confusion in Serbia extended into the fifth day on Friday and was set to continue for at least another week, with one party provisionally eliminated from parliament after a partial recount of ballots.

After a marathon session dealing with complaints of irregularities, the election commission said that the far-right Dveri movement dropped below the 5-per-cent mark required to claim seats in parliament.

The party still has a chance to qualify in a repeat vote at 15 polling stations, affecting around 18,000 voters, next Wednesday.

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's Progressive Party (SNS) stands to significantly benefit from the redistribution of Dveri seats if the party is eliminated.

Under Serbian electoral rules, any votes cast for parties that do not make it to parliament are distributed among parties that do pass the 5-per-cent threshold, allowing the SNS to pick up around half of the Dveri votes.

The Dveri party was incensed and accused the commission and Vucic's authorities of manipulating the result.

Commission chairman Dejan Djurdjevic dismissed the accusations and said that the far-right party was pressuring the election authorities.

The commission initially said that Vucic's SNS party had won 48.2 per cent of the votes and 131 of the 250 seats in parliament.

If the Dveri party ends up eliminated, the SNS will take 6-7 of the 13 seats provisionally earmarked for them and boost their majority in parliament from six to 12 or 13 seats above the halfway mark.

Last update: Fri, 29/04/2016 - 10:40
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