- Published on Friday, 04 May 2012 14:35
- Written by BC & Agencies
The pre-election silence began in Serbia at midnight and will last until the closing of the polls on Sunday, May 6, for newest general election with 7,026, 579 of registered voters in a country that has 7,120,666 citizens.
Under the Law on Election of MPs, the election silence starts 48 hours prior to the elections.
During that time there is a ban on election campaigning through mass media, public meetings and publication of assessment of election results.
The instructions for conducting elections states that during the 48 hours, it is prohibited to display symbols of electoral lists, political parties, coalitions and citizens' groups and other materials at the polling place and in the circle of 50 meters around it.
The presidential, parliamentary, local and provincial elections in Serbia will be held on Sunday, May 6, and polling stations will be open from 7:00 until 20:00.
A total of 18 lists compete for seats in the Serbian parliament, while 12 candidates run for the future head of state. In total, 7,026,579 voters are eligible to cast their votes at exactly 8,587 polling stations in Serbia and abroad.
Critics point that such numbers indicate some serious problems with this year's Serbian elections. The problems is taht the number of registered voters of 7,026,579 is just 100,000 less then total population of Serbia. Many wonder how is this possible. Meanwhile, according to Serbian population census country lost about 300,000 people, while again the number of registered voters grew since the last elections for about 200,000.
So again the bigest question is: how it is possible for a country that has 7,120,666 citizens to have 7,026,579 registered voters?