Serbia’s electoral commission was forced to hold a televised recount of some votes after opposition challenger Sasa Jankovic disputed PM Aleksandar Vucic’s poll results in 25 constituencies. The Republic Electoral Commission recounted votes from two polling stations in front of TV cameras on Sunday after allegations of irregularities were raised by opposition presidential candidate Sasa Jankovic. The recount was urged by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, who won last Sunday’s presidential elections and denies any electoral fraud. The recount of votes from the two polling stations showed that Vucic received four fewer votes than initially counted, but is unlikely to resolve opposition concerns about the vote.
Jankovic, Serbia’s former ombudsman, who came second in the presidential elections, claimed on Saturday evening that the elections were rigged in Vucic’s favour.
According to Jankovic’s team, a check-up of the documents from 25 polling stations found that in 24 of them, there were irregularities in Vucic’s favour.
While in most polling stations that were checked by Jankovic’s team, it was a matter of two to three votes’ difference from the official tally, in several places, dozens or even hundreds more votes were incorrectly assigned to Vucic.