2014 Belgrade City Assembly election


The local election for the City Assembly of Belgrade, capital of Serbia, was held on 16 March 2014, alongside parliamentary election. The election was scheduled in late 2013, after the mayor Dragan Đilas lost a non-confidence motion in the assembly. Twenty-three parties and coalitions ran for 110 seats in the Assembly, with 5% election threshold required to win seats.[1]

2014 Belgrade City Assembly election

 2012 16 March 2014 2018 

All 110 seats in the City Assembly
55 seats needed for a majority
Turnout50.66%
Party Leader % Seats ±
SNS coalition Zorana Mihajlović 43.62 63 +26
DS coalition Dragan Đilas 15.70 22 -28
SPSPUPSJS Aleksandar Antić 11.49 16 +3
DSS Aleksandar Popović 6.39 9 -1
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Mayor of Belgrade before Mayor of Belgrade after
Siniša Mali
(Acting)
Independent
Siniša Mali
Serbian Progressive Party

According to the final results, parliamentary winner Serbian Progressive Party also won 43.62% votes in Belgrade, and an absolute majority of 63 seats. Only three more lists surpassed the threshold: Democratic Party of Dragan Đilas with 15.7% of votes (22 seats), Socialist Party of Serbia with partners took 11.49% (16 seats) and Democratic Party of Serbia won 6.39% (9 seats).[2]

Background


The aftermath of the 2012 elections was radical; then's incumbent president Boris Tadić lost to the oppositions counter-opponent Tomislav Nikolić. This effectively led to a change of the ruling majority with the Progressives ousting and replacing the Democrats (see for more detail: Government of Ivica Dačić). The result of the local elections, however, were considerably in favor of the Democrats and it was easy enough for mayor Dragan Đilas to secure a second term with a coalition of his coalition (DS along with its minor partners, the Social Democratic Party of Serbia and the Serbian Renewal Movement) with the SPS-PUPS-JS, lacking but a single vote for a majority. Over the following months there were some serious changes within the DS, with early party elections and Tadic's stepping down from the race acceding defeat and settling with an honorary presidential title, and Djilas becoming party leader; it was quickly followed by significant party-purges of those that took part in the 2008–2012 government due to political responsibility.

Subsequent changes as a result were a swift decline of the DS in the opinion polls (including withdrawal from politics of a significant number of individuals, as well as a fraction breaking off and forming a new political party under the leadership of former minister Dušan Petrović called Together for Serbia) and SNS' plummeting. It led to after restructuring the government only PUPS remaining in support of Đilas by late 2013, with more and more pressure for an early election in Belgrade. In the end he was outvoted in late September 2013 and the government named a provisional team to administer the capital city until early elections, headed by acting mayor Siniša Mali who is closely associated with the SNS. Many parties and individuals participated in the provisional local government, but the DS withdrew from it early on; the long-lasting enforced government was perceived by the Democrats as a tyrannical act aimed at weakening their position and strengthening the Progressives' chances. As per the constitution and according laws, elections for Belgrade were finally scheduled in early 2014 for 16 March 2014.

This led to a chain of results with the Progressives deciding to go on early parliamentary elections simultaneously, bringing down Ivica Dačić's government.

Electoral lists


The following are the electoral lists in the capital city so far proclaimed by the City Electoral Commission:[3]

Ballot number Ballot name Ballot carrier Note
1 ALEKSANDAR VUČIĆ — FUTURE WE BELIEVE IN
(Serbian Progressive Party, Social Democratic Party of Serbia, New Serbia, Serbian Renewal Movement, Movement of Socialists)
Zorana Mihajlović - Milanović
2 IVICA DAČIĆSocialist Party of Serbia (SPS), Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS), United Serbia (JS) — Milan Krkobabić Aleksandar Antić
3 DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF SERBIA - VOJISLAV KOŠTUNICA Aleksandar Popović
4 ČEDOMIR JOVANOVIĆLIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY Željko Ožegović
5 SERBIAN RADICAL PARTY - DR VOJISLAV ŠEŠELJ Vojislav Šešelj
6 UNITED REGIONS OF SERBIAMLAĐAN DINKIĆ Mlađan Dinkić
7 CYRILLIC FOR BELGRADE — CIVIC GROUP Marko Mandić
8 WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY FOR A DEMOCRATIC BELGRADE — DRAGAN ĐILAS Dragan Đilas
9 DEMOCRACY — EUROPE - SERBIA Dr Milorad Paunović
10 THIRD SERBIA — FOR ALL THE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE Aleksandar Protić
11 BORIS TADIĆNEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY — GREENSTOGETHER FOR SERBIA Boris Ranković
12 DVERIVLADAN GLIŠIĆ Vladan Glišić
13 CIVIC GROUP PATRIOTIC FRONT — DR BORISLAV PELEVIĆ Milica Đurđević
14 ALLIANCE OF VOJVODINA HUNGARIANSISTVÁN PÁSZTOR Nebojša Marjanović M
15 GEPS FOR BELGRADE — PROF. DR JOVAN FILIPOVIĆ Prof. Dr Jovan Filipović
16 PARTY OF RUSSIANS OF SERBIA — DRAGAN CVETKOVIĆ Dragan Cvetković M
17 CIVIC GROUP ECONOMIC MOVEMENT - BRANKO DRAGAŠ Predrag Mitrović
18 CIVIC GROUP IT IS THE SAME IGOR BRAKUS Igor Brakus
19 PATRIOTISM IN PARLIAMENT — 1389 — MIŠA VACIĆ Stefan Janković
20 CIVIC GROUP ACADEMIC DR JOVAN I. DERETIĆ FREE SERBIA Jovan I. Deretić
21 IT'S ENOUGH — SAŠA RADULOVIĆ Saša Radulović
22 NONE OF THE ABOVE Nikola Tulimirović M
23 BLANK BALLOTS Saša Damljanović

MNational minority list

Campaign


All lists endorse the forthcoming Pride parade in Belgrade, except for the DSS.[4]

The Representative Organizations of the Disabled Persons of Belgrade had signed a Protocol with the DS.[5]

Opinion polls


According to Factor Plus, 20–26 January:

Below threshold:

According to a poll of the "Nina Media" research agency and TV Prva conducted after elections were scheduled in early 2014:[6]

Other parties are below the electoral threshold.

According to 24–25 February Faktor plus poll:[7]

Results


The following are the final results proclaimed by the City Electoral Commission:[8]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Aleksandar VučićFuture We Believe In351.18343.6263+26
With the Democratic Party for a Democratic Belgrade — Dragan Đilas126.42915.7022–28
Ivica DačićSocialist Party of Serbia (SPS), Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS), United Serbia (JS) — Milan Krkobabić92.53911.4916+3
Democratic Party of SerbiaVojislav Koštunica51.4356.399–1
Dveri — Vladan Glišić30.0753.740
Boris TadićNew Democratic Party — GreensTogether for Serbia29.5043.660
Čedomir JovanovićLiberal Democratic Party25.7623.200
Enough Is EnoughSaša Radulović16.5912.060
Serbian Radical PartyDr Vojislav Šešelj16.2502.020
Citizen's Group "It's All the Same" — Igor Brakus11.6441.450
United Regions of SerbiaMlađan Dinkić9.3911.170
Third Serbia — For All Hard-working People3.2870.410
Economic Movement — Branko Dragaš2.4830.310
None Of The Above1.9840.250
GEPS for Belgrade — Prof. Dr Jovan Filipović1.3880.170
Cyrillic for Belgrade1.3620.170
Academician Jovan I. Deretić — Free Serbia1.3500.170
Patriotic FrontBorislav Pelević9960.120
Party of Russians of Serbia — Dragan Cvetković8450.100
Blank Ballots7990.100
Alliance of Vojvodina HungariansIstván Pásztor7740.100
Democracy — Europe — Serbia7220.090
Patriotism in the Parliament — 1389 — Miša Vacić6440.080
Invalid/blank votes26.9363.35
Total805.0461001100
Registered voters/turnout1.588.99650.66
Source: Službeni List Grada Beograda

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