Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Monday that parliamentary elections would be held on June 21.
Speaking after a meeting with officials of parties planning to field candidates, Vucic said that he accepted a proposal from some of those parties because they need to have 38 days to campaign before the elections.
The president said that it’s certain that there will be no large-scale gatherings in May, “especially not in closed spaces”. He added that the holding of gatherings in June will depend on the views of epidemiologists and on the health of the nation.
Vucic said that the availability of notaries public to notarize the signatures parties need to collect to field candidates is a problem. He said that the parties agreed that municipal officials can also notarize those signatures.
Asked about the incident outside the home of opposition leader Dragan Djilas’ family, Vucic asked: “Who mentioned Djilas’ children? No one it seems. “I condemn all insults and I’ll say what I think about the gentleman in a day or two which has nothing to do with his children,” he said.
According to Vucic, “a democratic atmosphere needs to be created after these hard times, elect a leadership, parliament and then a government which will serve the interests of the citizens”. The leader of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) said that he would “personally ask his associates to conduct the campaign in a spirit of tolerance and responsibility”.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic, Serbian Socialist Party (SPS) leader Ivica Dacic, United Serbia leader Dragan Markovic, Nova Stranka leader Zoran Zivkovic, SPAS leader Aleksandar Sapic, Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) leader Milos Jovanovic, Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (SVM) leader Istva Pastor, Freedom and Reconciliation Party leader Muamer Zukorlic, representatives of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS), Zavetnici, United Democratic Serbia coalition and 1 in 5 Million Movement. Nine lists of candidates have been submitted to the Republic Election Commission.