Polling stations close across Serbia

BELGRADE -- Polling stations closed across Serbia at 20:00 CET after Serbians had a chance to vote on Sunday in parliamentary, local and presidential elections.

Ballot papers are now being counted in Novi Sad (Tanjug)
Ballot papers are now being counted in Novi Sad (Tanjug)

The Center for Free Elections and Democracy (CeSID) announced that "first, conditional" results would be announced "fairly soon", but that accurate results of the voting will be known during the night.

This monitoring organization also put the turnout figure to 53.6 percent at 19:00 CET - similar to the number reported during the elections in 2008. It was also noted at CeSID's news conference that fewer Belgraders turned out to vote compared to previous elections.

The turnout of voters in the Serbian polls was 48.24 percent by 18:00 CET, the Republic (State) Election Commission said previously.

The number does not yet include data from Kosovo and Metohija and is slightly higher compared to elections held in 2008, it was also said during a news conference in Belgrade on Sunday afternoon.

According to Director of the Republic Statistical Office Dragan Vukmirović, the turnout in central Serbia was 48.37 percent, in the northern province of Vojvodina 47.89 percent, and in the capital city of Belgrade 46.34 percent.

RIK Deputy President Slavoljub Milenković said that no complaints have been forwarded to the commission yet and noted that complaints related to election day irregularities can be filed within 24 hours.

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Also earlier in the day, RIK member Miodrag Petrović told reporters that all 8,390 polling stations in central Serbia and 90 in Kosovo were open on Sunday morning.

Minor irregularities have been reported my the media from several polling stations so far.

A total of 6,770,013 citizens were eligible to vote in the elections.