2003 Serbian parliamentary election


Parliamentary elections were held in Serbia on 28 December 2003 to elect members of the National Assembly.[1] Serbia was one of the two federal units of Serbia and Montenegro, formerly known as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

2003 Serbian parliamentary election

 2000 28 December 2003 2007 

All 250 seats in the National Assembly
126 seats needed for a majority
Turnout58.73%
Party Leader % Seats ±
SRS Tomislav Nikolić 27.62 82 +59
DSS Vojislav Koštunica 17.73 53 +8
DSGSSSDU Boris Tadić 12.58 37 -25
G17 Plus Miroljub Labus 11.46 34 New
SPONS Vuk Drašković 7.66 22 +14
SPS Ivica Dačić 7.62 22 -15
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Results by municipalities
  SRS   DSS   DS   G17+   SPONS   SPS   ZZT   DA
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Zoran Živković
DS
Vojislav Koštunica
DSS

Serbia had been in a state of political crisis since the overthrow of the post-communist ruler, Slobodan Milošević, in 2001. The reformers, led by former Yugoslav President Vojislav Koštunica, have been unable to gain control of the Serbian presidency because three successive presidential elections have failed to produce the required 50% turnout. The assassination in March 2003 of reformist Prime Minister, Zoran Đinđić was a major setback.

At these elections the former reformist alliance, the Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS), had broken up into three parts: Koštunica's Democratic Party of Serbia, late Prime Minister Đinđić's Democratic Party and the G17 Plus group of liberal economists led by Miroljub Labus.

Opposing them were the nationalist Serbian Radical Party of Vojislav Šešelj and Milošević's Socialist Party of Serbia (descended from the former Communist Party). At the time of the election, both Šešelj and Milošević were in detention at ICTY, Milošević accused of committing war crimes, Šešelj of inspiring them.

The remaining candidate was the monarchist Serbian Renewal MovementNew Serbia (SPO–NS) coalition, led by Vuk Drašković.

Following the election the three former DOS parties (DSS, DS and G17+) fell two seats short of a parliamentary majority, holding 124 seats between them. After months of coalition talks Koštunica, Labus and Drašković's parties reach an agreement with the outside support of the Socialist Party in March 2004 which enabled Koštunica of the DSS to become prime minister.[2]

Results


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Serbian Radical Party1,056,25628.082+59
Democratic Party of Serbia 678,03118.053+8
Democratic Party 481,24912.737-25
G17 Plus 438,42211.634+34
Serbian Renewal MovementNew Serbia293,0827.822+14
Socialist Party of Serbia291,3417.722-15
Together for Tolerance 161,7654.30-19
Democratic Alternative84,4632.20–6
For National Unity 68,5371.80–10
Otpor!62,5451.700
Independent Serbia 45,2111.20–7
Socialist People's Party27,5960.700
Liberals of Serbia22,8520.60
Reformists – of the Social Democratic Party of Vojvodina – of Serbia19,4640.50–4
Defense and Justice
  • Social Democracy
  • People's Party Justice
  • Party of Workers and Pensioners – PWP
  • Social Democratic Party of Greens
18,4230.50–9
Business Potential of Serbia and the Diaspora14,1130.40
Labour Party of Serbia4,6660.10
Yugoslav Left3,7710.10
Alliance of Serbs of Vojvodina3,0150.10
Invalid/blank votes49,755
Total3,824,5571002500
Registered voters/turnout6,511,45058.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Vote share
SRS
27.62%
DSS
17.73%
DS coalition
12.58%
G17+
11.46%
SPO-NS
7.66%
SPS
7.62%
Others
15.33%
Parliament Seats
SRS
32.80%
DSS
21.20%
DS coalition
14.80%
G17+
13.60%
SPO-NS
8.80%
SPS
8.80%

Seats

  SRS  (82)
  DSS  (53)
  DSGSSSDU  (37)
  G17 PlusSDP  (34)
  SPONS  (22)
  SPS  (22)

This election resulted in a Gallagher index of 11.96, which measures disproportionality of votes received and seats allocated to each party.

References


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1715 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Timeline: After Milosevic BBC News, 6 June 2006