The Republic of Serbia will hold presidential, early parliamentary and 14 local elections on Sunday, April 3, 2022. These elections will be held under an amended electoral legal framework adopted in February 2022 after two parallel interparty dialogues, facilitated by the European Union and the government, respectively. These changes are intended to improve the transparency of the election process and campaign finance, increase representation of the opposition in the composition of election administration, institute mid-level election commissions, introduce further measures to tackle the abuse of office and administrative resources and regulate the status of election observers.
These elections are also taking place during the ongoing war in Ukraine, which has dominated the campaign in public messaging and media appearances, according to the Regulatory Body on Electronic Media. The European Union has increased pressure on Serbia to join its sanctions regime against Russia in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine. This pressure features heavily among political discussions framed around the elections.
To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Serbia: 2022 Presidential and Early Parliamentary Elections. IFES FAQs include:
- What is the electoral system?
- What is the election management body? What are its powers?
- Is out-of-country voting allowed?
- When will official results be announced?
Published on March 24, 2022.