Participants in early parliamentary elections in Serbia, to be held on March 16, are under legal obligation to end their campaigns by midnight tonight. This is when “election silence” begins – a period when all election propaganda, public rallies, and publishing of predictions of election results are prohibited. The ban will end on Sunday at 20:00 CET, when polling stations close. During this time, the media are allowed to report about the turnout and where the candidates had voted – but not broadcast any statements they made. The media can also provide information on where and when the citizens can vote.
Parties, coalitions, and groups of citizens taking part in these elections are also prohibited from displaying party symbols and other propaganda within 50 meters of all polling stations.
On Sunday, Serbians will choose 250 MPs to the country’s new parliament, while early local elections will also be held in Belgrade, and in the towns of Aranđelovac, Bor, Negotin, and Pećinci.