News 07 Apr 13

Belgrade’s Zemun and Vozdovac Gear Up for Elections

Local elections in Belgrade’s Zemun and Vozdovac could be held simultaneously in June.

BIRN
Belgrade

Aleksandar Antic, president of the Belgrade City Assembly, is to hold meetings with political party leaders to discuss whether local elections in Belgrade’s municipalities of Zemun and Vozdovac can be held together in June.

Local assemblies in Zemun and Vozdovac were established in 2009 and 2010, so elections in these two municipalities were not held along with the city’s other 15 municipalities in May 2012.

The local elections in Zemun must be held in June at the latest, while the legal deadline for the elections in Vozdovac is December.

However, Antic believes that it would make more sense financially for the city to organise the elections in both municipalities at the same time.

“It would be better, more efficient and expedient to hold the elections together, so that the parties would be in an election campaign for a month and a half, instead of three months as would be the case if we had elections at different times,” Antic told daily Vecernje Novosti on April 3.

The deadline for Antic to call the elections in Zemun is mid-April.

Around 300,000 people in the two municipalities are over 18 and have the right to vote.

After the 2009 elections in Zemun, the Serbian Progressive Party formed a coalition government in the municipality with the Socialists and the Democratic Party of Serbia, DSS.

Since the 2010 elections, Vozdovac has been led by the Progressives, DSS and New Serbia, NS.

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