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President Tadic Calls Serbian Elections on May 6

Boris Tadic has said a general election will take place on May 6, hailing a fresh opportunity for Serbs to decide their democratic future.

Bojana Barlovac
BIRN
Belgrade

Voters in Serbia will go to the polls on the Serbian Orthodox holiday, St George's Day, on May 6.

Announcing the vote, President Boris Tadic said that elections would give people a new opportunity to affirm democracy and choose their future.  

"Elections are always a solemn moment. We have fought for years to establish democracy in Serbia but today we have a different atmosphere," Tadic said in Belgrade on Tuesday.

Parliamentary speaker Slavica Djukic Dejanovic called local elections for the same day, while the provincial ballot in Serbia's northern province of Vojvodina will be scheduled by the provincial assembly's president, Sandor Egeresi.

Tadic did not call early presidential elections on the same day, as some had predicted he might. The deadline for that decision expires on April 7.

Parties that intend to participate in the parliamentary elections need to submit their electoral lists by April 21. Five days later the Electoral Commission will announce the final list.

Ahead of the spring elections, Serbia has received a unitary electoral roll with the names of all voters stored on an electronic database.

Voters will be able to check online or via a text message to see if they are on the electoral roll.

The Electoral Commission has three days after voting day to announce the final results. The deadline for the formation of a new parliament is June 9, and for the government, September 8.

Serbia's last parliamentary and local elections were held on May 11, 2008.

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