2007 Serbian Parliamentary Election
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2007 Serbian Parliamentary Election
2007 Serbian parliamentary election
Serbia
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All 250 seats in the National Assembly
126 seats needed for a majority
Turnout60.64%
SRS Tomislav Nikoli? 28.60 81 -1
DS Boris Tadi? 22.71 64 +38
DSS-NS-JS Vojislav Ko?tunica 16.55 47 -15
G17 Plus Mla?an Dinki? 6.82 19 -12
SPS Ivica Da?i? 5.64 16 -6
LDP-GSS-SDU-LSV ?edomir Jovanovi? 5.31 15 +8
VMSZ József Kasza 1.30 3 +3
List for Sand?ak Sulejman Ugljanin 0.84 2 0
URSR Rajko ?uri? 0.42 1 New
KSLP Riza Halimi 0.42 1 New
Roma Party Sr?an ?ajn 0.36 1 New
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Results by district

Parliamentary elections were held in Serbia on 21 January 2007 to elect members of the National Assembly.[1][2] The first session of the new National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia was held on 14 February 2007. The elections enabled the coalition of DS; DSS & G17+ to continue.

Electoral system

The d'Hondt method was used to distribute parliamentary mandates following the election. Parties and coalitions had 10 days following the announcement of the final results to decide which candidates will take their allotted seats in parliament. Parties then had three months to negotiate a government.

Parties registering as ethnic minority parties (options 8, 10, 14, 17, 19 and 20) did not need to surpass the 5% threshold to gain seats in the parliament, but instead needed to pass a natural threshold at 0.4%. For the first time in a decade, Albanian parties from the Pre?evo Valley participated in the elections, but Kosovo Albanian parties continued their boycott of Serbian elections.

6,652,105 voters were eligible to vote, an increase of 14,000 voters when compared to the constitutional referendum held a few months before. 31,370 of the eligible voters were living abroad, and 7,082 were in prison.[3] There were 8,441 ballot stations, 58 of which were abroad.[]

Campaign

Twenty party lists registered with the electoral commission before the deadline of 5 January 2007:

  1. Democratic Party - its list also included the Sanjak Democratic Party, the Democratic League of Croats in Vojvodina and the People's Democratic Party of Vojvodina, a Bunjevci political party. Candidates on the list were members of national Councils of the Slovak and Bunjevci national minorities as well. It promised SDP up to six seats, three guaranteed in the election. It proposed members for all 250 seats, with Ru?ica ?in?i?, widow of former Prime Minister Zoran ?in?i?, as the first, followed by the party's head and President of Serbia Boris Tadi?. The Party for Sanjak also supported this list. After winning 64 seats, it transferred 3 seats to SDP and 1 to DSHV, as per the agreement.
  2. G17 Plus - led by Mla?an Dinki?
  3. Liberal Democratic Party-Civic Alliance of Serbia-Social Democratic Union-League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina - the list also included prominent intellectuals of the Serbian society, including members of Christian Democratic Party of Serbia. The coalition leader was ?edomir Jovanovi?. Of its 14 seats, 5 went to LDP, 4 to GSS, 1 to GSS, which together formed a group with 1 from DHSS. LSV formed a separate parliamentary club with its 4 seats.
  4. Serbian Radical Party - led by Vojislav ?e?elj
  5. Democratic Party of Serbia-New Serbia - the list also included United Serbia and Serbian Democratic Renewal Movement. It was led by Prime Minister Vojislav Ko?tunica. Of the 47 seats won, 33 went to DSS, 10 to NS and 2 to each of SDPO and JS.
  6. Strength of Serbia Movement - led by Bogoljub Kari?
  7. Serbian Renewal Movement - became a candidate party under on 4 December 2006 at 11:30am after accumulating 17,024 electoral signers. Headed by the temporary Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Dra?kovi?, it failed to pass the election threshold. The list included members of the Serbian List for the Return of Property, People's Peasant Party (of Marijan Risti?evi?), Liberals of Serbia (represented by Radivoje Lazarevi? and ?arko Jokanovi?) and the Movement I Live for Krajina. The list's bearer is partial president Vuk Dra?kovi? followed by the vice-presidents of the party - Vlajko Seni?, Sr?an Sre?kovi?, Sanja ?ekovi?, ?ika Gojkovi? and Mirko ?ikiriz.
  8. Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians - led by József Kasza
  9. Party of United Pensioners of Serbia-Social Democratic Party - the SDP of Neboj?a ?ovi? ran in the election together with PUPS led by Jovan Krkobabi?. The Party of United Pensioners of Serbia was supposed to get the greatest share of the coalition's seats. The Socialist People's Party was on this list as well.
  10. List for Sanjak - led by Sulejman Ugljanin, it included the Party of Democratic Action of Sand?ak the Bosniak Democratic Party of Sand?ak, the Reformist Party of Sanjak, the Social Liberal Party of Sand?ak and the Social Democratic Party of Sanjak
  11. Socialist Party of Serbia
  12. Branko Pavlovi? -- "Because it has to be better"
  13. Vojvodina parties - led by Igor Kurja?ki, it included the Vojvodina Party, the Civic Movement of Vojvodina, Our Vojvodina, the Srem Party, the Party of small shareholders, pensioners, unemployed and the Party of Pensioners and Workers of Serbia.[]
  14. Roma Union of Serbia - led by Rajko ?uri?, it also included members of Vlachs of Democratic Serbia
  15. Reformist Party - led by Aleksandar Vi?nji?
  16. Democratic Community of Serbia - led by Obren Joksimovi? and supported by the Party of the Disabled
  17. Albanian Coalition from Pre?evo Valley - a coalition of Riza Halimi's Democratic Action Party and Skender Destani's Democratic Union of the Valley, two local ethnic Albanian parties from the Pre?evo Valley. The other two regional Albanian national minority parties were previously a part of the coalition, but changed their opinions later and called on Pre?evan Albanians to boycott the elections.
  18. Social Democracy - ran together with the Socialdemocratic Party, the Cultural Movement of Serbia and the Serbian Kosovo-Metohijan Party on its list, headed by Nenad Vukasovi?.
  19. Coalition Hungarian Union - led by András Ágoston and Pál Sándor, and included the Democratic Party of Vojvodina Hungarians, the Democratic Fellowship of Vojvodina Hungarians and the 64 Counties youth movement.
  20. Roma Party - led by Sr?an ?ajn

Slogans

The parties' campaign slogans for the 2007 election:

  Party English slogan Serbian slogan
    Democratic Party Because life can't wait Zato ?to ?ivot ne mo?e da ?eka
? ? ?
    G17 Plus Expertise before politics Stru?nost ispred politike
    Liberal-Democratic Party-Civic Alliance of Serbia-Social Democratic Union-League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina It depends on us Od nas zavisi
    Serbian Radical Party So that things become better already today Da ve? danas bude bolje
? ?
    Democratic Party of Serbia / New Serbia Long live Serbia ?ivela Srbija
    Strength of Serbia Movement Serbia has strength Srbija ima snage
    Serbian Renewal Movement It's worth fighting for Vredi se boriti
    Socialist Party of Serbia Serbia, Chin Up Srbijo, glavu gore
, ?
    Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians New chance Nova ?ansa
Új esély (*)
    List for Sand?ak For Sand?ak in European Serbia Za Sand?ak u evropskoj Srbiji
?
    Albanian Coalition from Pre?evo Valley For better life of Albanians in Pre?evo Valley Za bolji ?ivot Albanaca u Pre?evskoj dolini
? ? ?

The change figure for the Democratic Party of Serbia/New Serbia list is in comparison to the 2003 result for the Democratic Party of Serbia; New Serbia was aligned to the Serbian Renewal Movement in 2003. The grouping headed by the Liberal Democratic Party is new: the Liberal Democratic Party split off from the Democratic Party in 2005; Civic Alliance of Serbia and the Social Democratic Union were part of the Democratic Party list in 2003; and the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina were in a list with the Alliance of Vojvodina Magyars in 2003. The Coalition List for Sand?ak previously stood as part of the Democratic Party list.

Results

The Republican Electoral Commission finally published the final results after the repetition of voting in several places:

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Party Votes % Seats +/-
Serbian Radical Party 1,153,453 28.60 81 -1
Democratic Party 915,854 22.71 64 +41
Democratic Party of Serbia-New Serbia 667,615 16.55 47 -10
G17 Plus 275,041 6.82 19 -12
Socialist Party of Serbia 227,580 5.64 16 -6
LDP-GSS-SDU-LSV 214,262 5.31 15 +8
Serbian Renewal Movement 134,147 3.33 0 -13
Party of United Pensioners of Serbia-Social Democratic Party 125,324 3.11 0 -3
Strength of Serbia Movement 70,727 1.75 0 New
Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians 52,510 1.30 3 +3
List for Sand?ak 33,823 0.84 2 0
Roma Union of Serbia 17,128 0.42 1 New
Albanian Coalition from Pre?evo Valley 16,973 0.42 1 New
Branko Pavlovi? -- "Because it has to be better" 15,722 0.39 0 New
Roma Party 14,631 0.36 1 New
Hungarian Union 12,940 0.32 0 New
Vojvodina parties 7,359 0.18 0 New
Democratic Community of Serbia 5,438 0.13 0 New
Social Democracy 4,909 0.12 0 0
Reformist Party 1,881 0.05 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 66,269 - - -
Total 4,033,586 100 250 0
Registered voters/turnout 6,652,105 60.6 - -
Vote share
SRS
28.60%
DS
22.71%
DSS-NS-JS
16.55%
G17+
6.82%
SPS
5.64%
LDP-SDU
5.31%
Others
14.39%
Parliament Seats
SRS
32.40%
DS
25.60%
DSS-NS-JS
18.80%
G17+
7.60%
SPS
6.40%
LDP-SDU
6.00%
Minorities
3.20%

This election resulted in a Gallagher index of 8.69, which measures disproportionality of votes received and seats allocated to each party.

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  SRS  (81)
  DS   (64)
  DSS-NS-JS  (47)
  G17 Plus  (19)
  SPS  (16)
  LDP-GSS-SDU-LSV  (15)

Reactions

  • Dutch foreign minister Ben Bot congratulated Boris Tadi? with the result, stating "the fact that Mr. Tadi? has doubled his position in the parliament is of great importance, since it means that the Serbian people value a "pro-European" course".[4]
  • EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana stated "The majority voted for forces that are democratic and pro-European", continuing "I hope very much there will be a speedy formation of a government that will be on the line of "pro-European" forces."[4]
  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said "The radicals got most votes but nevertheless two thirds of the seats in parliament will go to "democratic" forces."[4]
  • Michael C. Polt, US ambassador to Serbia, congratulated Serbian people on results, stating that "the United States looks forward to continuing to work with you and your leadership as your country fulfills the promise of October 2000".[5]
  • Jean Asselborn, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg, stated that EU should show support to Serbia, after "democratic" forces won the elections, as NATO did when Serbia was invited to join "Partnership for Peace" despite not cooperating with the ICTY.[6]
  • Sergey Baburin, Vice-president of the Russian State Duma stated "the parties to form the government will soon hear Martti Ahtisaari's recommendations for the settlement of the Kosovo issue, and I deem their position unenviable. In my opinion, parties are making a big mistake by not letting Serbian Radicals partake in the government. Patriotic parties in Serbia are getting potentially stronger".[6]

References

  1. ^ "Serbian President Calls Early Elections". Retrieved .
  2. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1715 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  3. ^ "6,652,105 citizens eligible to vote". Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b c "Solana puts brave face on results". CNN. January 22, 2007. Archived from the original on January 29, 2007.
  5. ^ "International reactions to election results". B92. January 22, 2007. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007.
  6. ^ a b "Reakcije iz sveta na ishod izbora". B92. January 22, 2007.

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