Serbian presidential election, 2012

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Serbian presidential election, 2012
Serbia
2008 ←
6 May 2012 (2012-05-06) and 20 May 2012 (2012-05-20) → 2017

  Tomislav Nikolić 2012.jpg Boris Tadic 2010.jpg
Candidate Tomislav Nikolić Boris Tadić
Party SNS DS
Popular vote 1,552,063 1,481,952
Percentage 49.54%[1] 47.31%

Serbian presidential election 2012-2.gif

Second round results by districts

President before election

Slavica Đukić Dejanović
(Acting)
SPS

Elected President

Tomislav Nikolić
SNS

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The presidential election took place on 6 May 2012 in Serbia, on the same date as the parliamentary election.[2] The election was called following President Boris Tadić's early resignation in order to coincide with the parliamentary and local elections to be held on the same date. The Speaker of the Parliament, Slavica Đukić Dejanović, took over as the Acting President.[3] As no candidate won a majority, a runoff was on 20 May, with incumbent Tadić facing Tomislav Nikolić of the Serbian Progressive Party.[4]

According to preliminary results published by CeSID,[5] Ipsos[6] and RIK, Tomislav Nikolić has beaten his opponent Boris Tadić and is the new President of Serbia.[7] Official results confirmed that, putting Nikolić at 51.12% against Tadić's 48.88%.

Candidates[edit]

First round of the elections was held on 6 May. Republic Electoral Commission has confirmed twelve candidates. Candidate numbers were decided using a random draw on 20 April.[8]

No. Candidate Party affiliation Background Proof of nomination
1.
Zoran Stanković MC.jpg Zoran Stanković   United Regions of Serbia Former Minister of Health and former Minister of Defence, his first presidential nomination. Submitted 12,332 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[9]
2.
Vladan Glišić.jpg Vladan Glišić   Independent, supported by Dveri Organization. Master from University of Belgrade Faculty of Law Submitted 12,733 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[10]
3.
Boris Tadic 2010.jpg Boris Tadić   Democratic Party Democratic Party party president. He is running for his third consecutive mandate since 2004 (second since the dissolution of State Union of Serbia and Montenegro). Submitted 27,606 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[11]
4.
Vojislav Kostunica - EPP Congress Rome 2006 (68) (cropped).jpg Vojislav Koštunica   Democratic Party of Serbia Leader of Democratic Party of Serbia, former President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (2000–2003) and former Prime Minister of Serbia (2004–2008). He would be running for presidency for a third time. In previous two attempts, in September–October 2002 (30.89% won in first, and 68.4% won in second round) and December 2002 (57.5% won) elections he finished first, however both ballots were declared invalid because the turnout failed to reach the 50% turnout requirement. Submitted 13,089 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[9]
5.
Zoran Dragišić.jpg Zoran Dragišić   Independent, supported by Movement of Workers and Peasants of Serbia Leader of Movement of Workers and Peasants of Serbia Submitted 11,464 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[12]
6.
Jadranka Šešelj   Serbian Radical Party Wife of SRS party leader Vojislav Šešelj. She would be running for presidency for a first time. Submitted 15,312 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[13]
7.
Muamer Zukorlić.jpg Muamer Zukorlić   Independent Islamic Community in Serbia Chief Mufti. Submitted 10,653 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[14]
8.
Danica Grujičić.jpg Danica Grujičić   Social Democratic Alliance Chief of department of Neurosurgery at Clinical Center of Serbia. Submitted 11,301 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[15]
9.
Ivica Dačić 2011.jpg Ivica Dačić   Socialist Party of Serbia Leader of SPS and current Minister of Internal Affairs of Serbia, who is running for presidency for a second time, having finished fifth with 4.04% of the vote in the first round of 2004 elections. Submitted 15,666 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[16]
10.
Čedomir Jovanović 2008.jpg Čedomir Jovanović   Liberal Democratic Party Leader of Liberal Democratic Party, who would also be running for presidency for a second time, having finished fifth with 5.34% of the vote in the first round of 2008 elections. Submitted 11,006 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[13]
11.
Ištvan Pastor, jun 2012.JPG István Pásztor   Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians Leader of Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians, who would also be running for presidency for a second time, having finished sixth with 2.26% of the vote in the first round of 2008 elections Submitted 12,533 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[14]
12.
Tomislav Nikolić 1.jpg Tomislav Nikolić   Serbian Progressive Party Leader of Serbian Progressive Party, who would be running for presidency for a fourth time having lost previous two times in second round of elections to Boris Tadić, and having won in 2003, but that elections were cancelled due to low turnout (38.8%). Submitted 18,743 valid signatures to the electoral commission.[17]

Campaign[edit]

Both the SNS and the DS supported Serbia's candidature for the EU, with the SNS' Nikolić having sharply contrasted his stance in the past few years. A few hours before the voting centres opened, Tadić told Croatian television that "anything else [than a Democratic Party victory] would be a big risk and a big gamble for Serbia's European integration [and] for regional politics."[18]

Shortly after the first round, a preliminary coalition agreement between the DS and the SPS was reached, which meant that the SPS would also endorse Tadić in the run-off.[19] The DSS officially supported Nikolić in the run-off.[20]

Monitors[edit]

The Center for Free Elections and Democracy were amongst the electoral observers.[21]

Results[edit]

About 6.7 million people were eligible to vote for the 12 candidates. The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe will undertake the organization of voting for the roughly 109,000 Serb voters in Kosovo.[18] Voting stations were open from 7:00 to 20:00[22] with no incidents reported across the country. Voter turnout by 18:00 was 46.34% in Belgrade, 48.37% in central Serbia and 47.89% in Vojvodina.[23] The first round resulted in no clear victory for any candidate. With 25% of ballots counted, Boris Tadić was leading with 26.7% over Tomislav Nikolić who had 25.5% of the vote.[24]


e • d Summary of the 6 May and 20 May 2012 Serbian presidential election results
Candidates Nominating parties 1st round 2nd round
Votes  % Votes  %
Tomislav Nikolić Serbian Progressive Party 979,216 25.05% 1,552,063[25] 49.54%
Boris Tadić Choice for a Better Life 989,454 25.31% 1,481,952[25] 47.31%
Ivica Dačić Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS), United Serbia (JS) 556,013 14.23%
Vojislav Koštunica Democratic Party of Serbia 290,861 7.44%
Zoran Stanković United Regions of Serbia 257,054 6.58%
Čedomir Jovanović U-Turn coalition 196,668 5.03%
Jadranka Šešelj Serbian Radical Party 147,793 3.78%
Vladan Glišić independent (Civic Group Dveri) 108,303 2.77%
István Pásztor Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians 63,420 1.62%
Zoran Dragišić independent (Civic Group Movement of Workers and Peasants of Serbia) 60,116 1.54%
Muamer Zukorlić Independent 54,492 1.39%
Danica Grujičić Social Democratic Alliance 30,602 0.78%
Registered voters 7,026,579 6,771,479
Total turnout 3,911,136 57.77% 3,132,679 46.26%
Valid 3,736,476 95.53% 3,034,015 96.85%
Invalid 174,660 4.47% 98,664 3.15%


Second round preliminary results[edit]

Incumbent Boris Tadić has lost the presidential elections in Serbia to his opponent, Tomislav Nikolić from the Serbian Progressive Party. Nikolić has won 49.7% of the votes in the runoff of the Serbian presidential elections on Sunday vs. 47% for Tadić, according to data of the Serbian Center for Free Elections and Democracy.[26] This electional results are surprise, as stated by Russian media, based on previous polls.[27] "This was an electoral earthquake, a totally unexpected result," political analyst Slobodan Antonić said on Serbia's RTS state television.[28] Thousands of Nikolić supporters gathered in central Belgrade and other Serbian towns late on Sunday, honking their horns in celebration.[29]

Results[edit]

Polling Firm
Date of Polling
Tadić
Nikolić
Turnout
Note(s)
CeSID[30] 20 May 2012 47.0 49.7 46.3
Ipsos[31] 20 May 2012 47.9 49.0 46.3
RIK[32] 21 May 2012 47.35 49.51 46.32 Based on 99.07% of counted votes

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "A sada – vreme za pregovore". B92.net. 6 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Bojana Barlovac. "Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic, Serbia’s New Acting President". Balkaninsight.com. 
  4. ^ "Nikolić confident of winning in second round", B 92, 7 May 2012 
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  14. ^ a b "Pastor i Zukorlić u izbornoj trci". B92.net. 15 April 2012. 
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  19. ^ "Serbia: Nikolic Progressive Party kept out of coalition". BBC. 9 May 2012. 
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  25. ^ a b 200. седница Републичке изборне комисије
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  32. ^ "Rezultati predsedničkih izbora". 2012-05-21. 

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