BELGRADE – The upcoming elections in Serbia will be monitored by 1,687 domestic and 196 foreign observers, says the head of the national electoral commission, Dejan Djurdjevic.

“All elections in Serbia have been monitored by various domestic and foreign observers, so these elections, too, garnered great public interest at home and abroad,” Djurdjevic told Tanjug, adding that accreditation deadlines for observers have expired.

The observers will monitor the work of the national electoral commission and electoral committees. CeSID will have 705 observers, followed by the Crta association with 509, the Citizens on Watch association with 462 and the Academic Initiative Forum 10 association with nine observers for electoral committees in Novi Pazar, with the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM) to have two observers monitoring the work of the national electoral commission.

The numerous foreign observers will include those representing the OSCE/ODIHR, the embassies of France, Romania, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Belgium, Austria, Norway, Ukraine, US, Canada, Australia, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the central electoral commissions of the Russian Federation, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia.

Number of Kosovo-Metohija polling station locations reduced

The Serbian central electoral commission has decided to reduce the number of polling station locations in Kosovo-Metohija from 25 to 21 for security reasons.

The security situation in Kosovo-Metohija is unfavourable, involving a high risk to voters at polling stations, and the number of locations will be reduced and some addresses changed to keep things under control, the head of the commission, Dejan Djurdjevic, said at its 114th session late Wednesday.

“Now there will be more polling stations – about 10 in a single location, most of which will be schools,” Djurdjevic said, adding that the number of voters remains the same and that there will be 90 polling stations.