Serbia to choose president on Sunday

BELGRADE -- Serbian citizens in the country and abroad will vote for the new head of state in the presidential runoff on Sunday, May 20.

Since no candidate secured the needed majority in the first round, two candidates will compete in the runoff – Democratic Party (DS)-led coalition candidate Boris Tadić and Serbian Progressive Party (SNS)-led coalition candidate Tomislav Nikolić.

First on the ballot will be Tadić, who won 25.31 percent or 989,454 votes in the first round, while Nikolić who took home 25.05 percent or 979,236 votes will be listed second.

A total of 6,770,013 citizens will have a chance to vote at 8,390 polling stations in the country and abroad, which will be open from 7:00 CET until 20:00 CET pm and citizens living in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain will be the first ones to go to polls.

They will vote between 7:00 and 20:00 local time on Saturday.

Just like in the May 6 elections, 38 polling stations in 22 countries will be open to voters abroad.

Voting will take place in Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Italy, Republic of South Africa, Cyprus, Libya, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovenia, France, the Netherlands, Croatia, Montenegro, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

The second round in the presidential election will also take place at 90 polling stations in Kosovo. Votes from the province will be counted in the southern Serbian towns of Raška and Vranje as was the case with the elections held two weeks ago.

There are also 29 polling stations in prisons.

The new head of state will be the candidate who wins the majority in the second round, and his term will last five years.

The Republic Electoral Commission (RIK) has 96 hours after polls close to announce the results of the elections in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia. The president's term starts once he takes the oath of office.

The presidential runoff completes the election cycle at all levels in Serbia, which will get a new parliament by June 9 and a new government no later than September 5.