BELGRADE – The leaders of several opposition lists staged a protest rally in Belgrade Saturday to demand the resignation of the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Republic Electoral Commission (RIK), calling them responsible for vote-rigging in recently held parliamentary elections.

Liberal Democratic Party of Serbia (LDP) leader Cedomir Jovanovic said that today’s protest was a struggle for a free, democratic and tolerant Serbia, rather than for percentiles or percentages of votes.

Social Democratic Party of Serbia (SDS) leader Boris Tadic said that the legitimacy of the electoral system was brought into question if the right of anyone who went to the polls, even if it be a single vote, was not respected.

President of the Dveri movement Bosko Obradovic accused the SNS of “trying to push certain lists below the threshold in order to usurp their seats.”

Democratic Party (DS) leader Bojan Pajtic said that the system had no legitimacy if only a single vote was stolen.

The protest was organized following a partial vote recount and RIK saying late on Friday that the DSS-Dveri list remained below the threshold with 4.9 percent of the votes.

The party leaders urged their supporters to vote the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) – Dveri list in a repeat election.