The Serbian government on Monday banned all state officials from political party promotions in their official capacity.
A press release on the government web site said that state officials were told to comply with the law on the Anti-Corruption Agency which specifically bans them from any form of party promotion in their official capacity. The decision was taken following a recommendation from the Working Group on Cooperation with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and its Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
The Working Group met with OSCE and ODIHR officials for the first time on Monday and informed them of the government decision and measures planned to be implemented in the near future to secure higher transparency levels during the entire election process, including updating electoral rolls
The government also banned state officials from using public resources, such as offices or vehicles, for political promotions. “Exceptionally, public resources may be used in an election campaign for personal protection under appropriate regulations or by decision of the competent services,” it siad.
The press release said that employees of state institutions should not take part in party promotions during their working hours.
The government stressed the obligation of state officials to always unambiguously says whether their statements express the views of the institution they work in or those of a political party.