BELGRADE – The early parliamentary elections in Serbia offered voters a variety of choices, and fundamental freedoms were respected, the international observers concluded in a preliminary statement released on Monday, underlining that not all participants had been given equal chance.

“Yesterday, the citizens of Serbia made their choice freely from among a large number of political parties. Election day was calm and very well organized. Elections are not limited to election day and, with regard to the election campaign, contestants campaigned openly,” said Head of the PACE delegation Volodymyr Ariev.

The international observers also voiced concerns regarding the abuse by incumbents of the administrative advantages of office, media coverage favorable to the ruling parties, despite an open media environment and the lack of full transparency in party and campaign funding, reads the release posted on the OSCE website.