61.84 percent of those who voted in yesterday’s constitutional referendum changes in Serbia voted in favor and 37.1 per cent against.
The Election Commission of the Republic of Serbia (REC) announced late last night, his just over 30 percent of voters voted of the referendum.
This was announced by the chairman of the REC Vladimir Dimitrievich and the chief executive of the Republican Statistical Office (RSS) Miladin Kovacevic, quoted by N1.
Kovacevic said that 1.04 percent of the ballots are invalid.
A total of 6,150,323 people had the right to vote in 8,179 polling stations.
Shortly before their press conference, Serbian President Alexander Vucic held a press conference at his party’s headquarters Sunday night, to announce the results of the consultation.
According to the president, preliminary results show that 60.4 percent of the votes are in favor of adopting changes to the constitution. He said 39.52 per cent of those who voted in the referendum rejected the amendments.
He said a majority of voters in the capital, Belgrade opposes the amendments and added that a significant number of members of its ruling The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) also voted against.
Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic announced from the headquarters of his Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), that he is extremely pleased with the turnout. He said the changes would help speed up Serbia’s integration into the European Union. Dacic said that more than 16,000 opposition party members and activists were present included in the election commissions in the polling stations.
We recall that yesterday Serbia held a referendum on constitutional changes that the government said were needed for the Balkan country to move forward on its path to joining the European Union (EU).
The poll focuses on changes in the selection of judges and prosecutors, which authorities say are aimed at strengthening their independence in a country where the judiciary is widely seen as corrupt and politically controlled.
The referendum was hailed by the European Union, the United States and some Western countries as a step in the right direction. But critics at home say the changes are insufficient. Some opposition parties and independent experts also argue that the referendum was largely organized in an undemocratic atmosphere, too hasty and too early before the elections, which are due in early April. President Aleksandar Vucic’s government faces accusations of restricting democratic freedoms, which it denies.
The United States and its allies have welcomed a referendum in Serbia on constitutional changes
The referendum was a key step in strengthening the independence of the judiciary
Vucic and other officials called on voters to support the changes and help the country move forward.
The government has called on the Serb minority in Kosovo – a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008 – to come to nearby cities in Serbia to vote after Kosovo authorities refused to allow polling stations to open there. Dozens of Kosovo Serbs staged a Serb-majority protest in northern Kosovo on Sunday. No incidents were reported.
Serbia does not recognize Kosovo’s independence, which is backed by most EU and US countries.
Normalization of relations between the two is a requirement for future EU membership.