2014 Belgrade City Assembly Election
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2014 Belgrade City Assembly Election

2014 Belgrade City Assembly election
Belgrade
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All 110 seats in the City Assembly
55 seats needed for a majority
Turnout50.66%
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The local election for the City Assembly of Belgrade, capital of Serbia, was held on 16 March 2014, alongside parliamentary election. The election was scheduled in late 2013, after the mayor Dragan ?ilas lost a non-confidence motion in the assembly. Twenty-three parties and coalitions ran for 110 seats in the Assembly, with 5% election threshold required to win seats.[1]

According to the final results, parliamentary winner Serbian Progressive Party also won 43.62% votes in Belgrade, and an absolute majority of 63 seats. Only three more lists surpassed the threshold: Democratic Party of Dragan ?ilas with 15.7% of votes (22 seats), Socialist Party of Serbia with partners took 11.49% (16 seats) and Democratic Party of Serbia won 6.39% (9 seats).[2]

Background

The aftermath of the 2012 elections was radical; then's incumbent president Boris Tadi? lost to the oppositions counter-opponent Tomislav Nikoli?. This effectively led to a change of the ruling majority with the Progressives ousting and replacing the Democrats (see for more detail: Government of Ivica Da?i?). The result of the local elections, however, were considerably in favor of the Democrats and it was easy enough for mayor Dragan ?ilas to secure a second term with a coalition of his coalition (DS along with its minor partners, the Social Democratic Party of Serbia and the Serbian Renewal Movement) with the SPS-PUPS-JS, lacking but a single vote for a majority. Over the following months there were some serious changes within the DS, with early party elections and Tadic's stepping down from the race acceding defeat and settling with an honorary presidential title, and Djilas becoming party leader; it was quickly followed by significant party-purges of those that took part in the 2008-2012 government due to political responsibility.

Subsequent changes as a result were a swift decline of the DS in the opinion polls (including withdrawal from politics of a significant number of individuals, as well as a fraction breaking off and forming a new political party under the leadership of former minister Du?an Petrovi? called Together for Serbia) and SNS' plummeting. It led to after restructuring the government only PUPS remaining in support of ?ilas by late 2013, with more and more pressure for an early election in Belgrade. In the end he was outvoted in late September 2013 and the government named a provisional team to administer the capital city until early elections, headed by acting mayor Sini?a Mali who is closely associated with the SNS. Many parties and individuals participated in the provisional local government, but the DS withdrew from it early on; the long-lasting enforced government was perceived by the Democrats as a tyrannical act aimed at weakening their position and strengthening the Progressives' chances. As per the constitution and according laws, elections for Belgrade were finally scheduled in early 2014 for 16 March 2014.

This led to a chain of results with the Progressives deciding to go on early parliamentary elections simultaneously, bringing down Ivica Da?i?'s government.

Electoral lists

The following are the electoral lists in the capital city so far proclaimed by the City Electoral Commission:[3]

Ballot number Ballot name Ballot carrier Note
1 ALEKSANDAR VU?I? -- FUTURE WE BELIEVE IN
(Serbian Progressive Party, Social Democratic Party of Serbia, New Serbia, Serbian Renewal Movement, Movement of Socialists)
Zorana Mihajlovi? - Milanovi?
2 IVICA DA?I? -- Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS), United Serbia (JS) -- Milan Krkobabi? Aleksandar Anti?
3 DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF SERBIA - VOJISLAV KO?TUNICA Aleksandar Popovi?
4 ?EDOMIR JOVANOVI? -- LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY ?eljko O?egovi?
5 SERBIAN RADICAL PARTY - DR VOJISLAV ?E?ELJ Vojislav ?e?elj
6 UNITED REGIONS OF SERBIA -- MLA?AN DINKI? Mla?an Dinki?
7 CYRILLIC FOR BELGRADE -- CIVIC GROUP Marko Mandi?
8 WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY FOR A DEMOCRATIC BELGRADE -- DRAGAN ?ILAS Dragan ?ilas
9 DEMOCRACY -- EUROPE - SERBIA Dr Milorad Paunovi?
10 THIRD SERBIA -- FOR ALL THE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE Aleksandar Proti?
11 BORIS TADI? -- NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY -- GREENS -- TOGETHER FOR SERBIA Boris Rankovi?
12 DVERI -- VLADAN GLI?I? Vladan Gli?i?
13 CIVIC GROUP PATRIOTIC FRONT -- DR BORISLAV PELEVI? Milica ?ur?evi?
14 ALLIANCE OF VOJVODINA HUNGARIANS -- ISTVÁN PÁSZTOR Neboj?a Marjanovi? M
15 GEPS FOR BELGRADE -- PROF. DR JOVAN FILIPOVI? Prof. Dr Jovan Filipovi?
16 PARTY OF RUSSIANS OF SERBIA -- DRAGAN CVETKOVI? Dragan Cvetkovi? M
17 CIVIC GROUP ECONOMIC MOVEMENT - BRANKO DRAGA? Predrag Mitrovi?
18 CIVIC GROUP IT IS THE SAME IGOR BRAKUS Igor Brakus
19 PATRIOTISM IN PARLIAMENT -- 1389 -- MI?A VACI? Stefan Jankovi?
20 CIVIC GROUP ACADEMIC DR JOVAN I. DERETI? FREE SERBIA Jovan I. Dereti?
21 IT'S ENOUGH -- SA?A RADULOVI? Sa?a Radulovi?
22 NONE OF THE ABOVE Nikola Tulimirovi? M
23 BLANK BALLOTS Sa?a Damljanovi?

M -- National minority list

Campaign

All lists endorse the forthcoming Pride parade in Belgrade, except for the DSS.[4]

The Representative Organizations of the Disabled Persons of Belgrade had signed a Protocol with the DS.[5]

Opinion polls

According to Factor Plus, 20-26 January:

Below threshold:

According to a poll of the "Nina Media" research agency and TV Prva conducted after elections were scheduled in early 2014:[6]

Other parties are below the electoral threshold.

According to 24-25 February Faktor plus poll:[7]

Results

The following are the final results proclaimed by the City Electoral Commission:[8]

Party Votes % Seats +/-
Aleksandar Vu?i? -- Future We Believe In 351.183 43.62 63 +26
With the Democratic Party for a Democratic Belgrade -- Dragan ?ilas 126.429 15.70 22 -28
Ivica Da?i? -- Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS), United Serbia (JS) -- Milan Krkobabi? 92.539 11.49 16 +3
Democratic Party of Serbia -- Vojislav Ko?tunica 51.435 6.39 9 -1
Dveri -- Vladan Gli?i? 30.075 3.74 0 --
Boris Tadi? -- New Democratic Party -- Greens -- Together for Serbia 29.504 3.66 0 --
?edomir Jovanovi? -- Liberal Democratic Party 25.762 3.20 0 --
Enough Is Enough -- Sa?a Radulovi? 16.591 2.06 0 --
Serbian Radical Party -- Dr Vojislav ?e?elj 16.250 2.02 0 --
Citizen's Group "It's All the Same" -- Igor Brakus 11.644 1.45 0 --
United Regions of Serbia -- Mla?an Dinki? 9.391 1.17 0 --
Third Serbia -- For All Hard-working People 3.287 0.41 0 --
Economic Movement -- Branko Draga? 2.483 0.31 0 --
None Of The Above 1.984 0.25 0 --
GEPS for Belgrade -- Prof. Dr Jovan Filipovi? 1.388 0.17 0 --
Cyrillic for Belgrade 1.362 0.17 0 --
Academician Jovan I. Dereti? -- Free Serbia 1.350 0.17 0 --
Patriotic Front -- Borislav Pelevi? 996 0.12 0 --
Party of Russians of Serbia -- Dragan Cvetkovi? 845 0.10 0 --
Blank Ballots 799 0.10 0 --
Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians -- István Pásztor 774 0.10 0 --
Democracy -- Europe -- Serbia 722 0.09 0 --
Patriotism in the Parliament -- 1389 -- Mi?a Vaci? 644 0.08 0 --
Invalid/blank votes 26.936 3.35 - -
Total 805.046 100 110 0
Registered voters/turnout 1.588.996 50.66 - -
Source: Slu?beni List Grada Beograda

References

  1. ^ Sutra i beogradski izbori, 23 liste u izbornoj trci, Tanjug, 15 March 2014
  2. ^ Kona?ni rezultati izbora za Beograd (in Serbian), Radio Television of Serbia, 17 March 2014
  3. ^ http://www.b92.net/mobilni/eng/index.php?nav_id=89545
  4. ^ http://mondo.rs/a664876/Info/Srbija/Beograd-Svi-za-Paradu-ponosa-sem-DSS.html
  5. ^ http://www.rts.rs/page/stories/sr/story/2208/Izbori+2014/1539527/DS%3A+Saradnja+sa+invalidskim+organizacijama.html
  6. ^ http://www.telegraf.rs/vesti/945856-sns-duplo-jaci-od-ds-u-beogradu
  7. ^ http://www.telegraf.rs/vesti/966400-beograd-sns-425-odsto-glasova-ds-174
  8. ^ Kona?ni rezultati izbora za Beograd (in Serbian), Radio Television of Serbia, 17 March 2014

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