Serbian Communists raise case against Electoral Commission

The New Communist Party of Yugoslavia (NKPJ) and the League of Communist Youth of Yugoslavia (SKOJ) have accused the election commission of discrimination after it rejected their registration for the parliamentary elections scheduled for 21 June 2020.

The NKPJ and the SKOJ filed a lawsuit against the Serbian Central Election Commission (RIK) at the Administrative Court on Thursday, 11 June. Serbia’s communists went to court after the RIK refused to register the communist electoral list, “Socialism is the only way out” , for the parliamentary elections.

The petition claims that the RIK has not allowed sufficient time to the communist list headed by Aleksandar Đenić and Aleksandar Banjanac to redress any shortcomings in order to qualify for contesting the elections.

At the same time, the RIK reportedly overturned its own decision a day after refusing registration to a right-wing group, the Levijatan Movement. The RIK had earlier ruled that the group did not qualify for registration to the elections as it had failed to submit the required number of signatures in support of its candidates.

The NKPJ secretariat stated “our list filed a lawsuit because the defendant did not act with the complaint in accordance with the regulations, and the delivery was not made in the manner described in the decision. The NKPJ and SKOJ note that it is clear that the RIK discriminated against the Communists during these elections, which shows that everyone could participate in these elections except our list.

Representatives of the NKPJ-SKOJ handed over the collected signatures for the list “Socialism is the only way out” to the RIK on 5 June.

Challenge News Desk
via Peoples Dispatch

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