On May 6. 2012, Kamerades photographers monitored Serbian elections, covering capital of Belgrade and four other towns: Užice, Niš, Paraćin and Jagodina.
According to Republic Electoral Commission, around 41% of Serbian citizens boycott the elections on Sunday. So the candidates got their support from only 59% of the electorate. The rivals for Serbia’s presidency, liberal incumbent Boris Tadić and ex-nationalist Tomislav Nikolic, will face each other in a run-off on 20 May. Tadić polled around 26%, the latest estimates say, while Nikolić was around one percentage point behind. Serbia won EU candidate status in March and although both men say they back membership, Nikolić strongly opposed the step some years ago.
The candidates’ political parties were also very close in parliamentary polls. Nikolić’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) appeared to be narrowly ahead of Tadić’s Democratic Party (DS). But final results for the parliamentary elections will not be released until 10th of May. The first surprise of the election was the strong showing of the Socialists, led by Interior Minister Ivica Dačić, who gained around 16% of the vote. That would put them in with a strong chance of joining a coalition with Dačić as potential prime minister.
Photographs by: Marko Rupena, Nemanja Pančić, Milovan Milenković, Nemanja Jovanović, Marko Risović and Saša Čolić