Boycotting Serbia elections due to virus

Due to the lack of campaigning for rallies due to the coronavirus crisis, the Serbian people will vote in Sunday's parliamentary elections, as the ruling party prepares for a boycott of the protest.

Supporting the extraordinary electoral scene is Serbia's powerful president, Alexander Vuక్i,, who did not run for parliament, but his name as head of his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) for eight years is still on the ballot. Is in power.

His path to success was to boycott opposition leaders who said that free and fair elections were not possible under Vesik's totalitarian regime.

His camp, however, was non-aligned: while some major parties were expelled, about 20 other smaller groups were still in the race, usually with very little difference with the president.

According to a survey conducted by research agency Fakor Plus, Vuక్i యొక్క's center-right party is in the pole position to win a majority this time with 60 percent of the vote.

The coalition partner, the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), holds about 12 percent.

Of the 6.5 million registered voters in the country, there may be a large unknown voter in light of coronavirus fears and deportation campaigns.

The low popularity further weakened the legitimacy of the vote, with Vucic already facing a harsh assessment of rights groups claiming that the country's democracy was in their grip.

- Vote or Crossword? -

As the vote passes, pro-boycott TV spots offer clever suggestions for other ways to spend this Sunday.

Options like solving landscaping puzzles or puzzles "because it's the best way to use a pencil that day."

The two-time prime minister before becoming president has provoked the deportation movement as a real threat to Serbian democracy, with opposition leaders accusing them of hiding behind their popularity.

The 50-year-old said he was more popular than ever to fight Serbia's early coronavirus outbreak, increasing support for the election.

The country has killed about 260 people due to the virus but has not survived the level of epidemic seen in European countries.

With the lockdown measures now being lifted and the transition resuming, Vucic went on to cancel election rallies, but not a vote, which has already been postponed to April.

Although he took to the stage for virtual meetings, his supporters stood in front of hundreds of computer screens.

At a recent virtual rally, he said, "I didn't come today to tell us to vote. Honey and milk and flowers bloom." I can not do it.

"But I can tell you that by 2025 you will have an average salary of 900 euros ($ 1,000)," he said, with an average salary increase of 500 euros per month.

- Mystery PM -

Analysts say the rise of government pressure and the emergence of the press is unlikely to make the elections free or fair.

Although the Presidency was meant to play an official role in Serbia, Vucic accidentally made the country’s top decision-maker.

He has not yet announced who will become the next Prime Minister if the SNS wins.

"The media environment is not independent. Organizations are no longer independent, so it is very difficult to challenge the government in elections," Graz Professor Florian Beiber told AFP.

The US-based watchdog Freedom House said last month that Serbia is no longer a democracy after "growing state aggression, abuse of power and a strong strategy" under Vic.

Belgrade pensioner Danica Jankovic, however, defends the president.

"She does her best and she does a lot of work for the people," he told AFP.

People like 46-year-old bank clerk Dragana Mihajlovsky decided that staying at home was the best way to express themselves.

"Even though the deportation protest is weak, and I don't necessarily represent my political views, I'm not going to vote because what Vusik is doing is unbearable," she said.

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