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Opposition leader: Regime brings people from Bosnia to vote in Belgrade election

February 7, 2022
"We have given unequivocal evidence that people from Republika Srpska (Serb-dominated semiautonomous entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina) are being brought not to claim citizenship to what they have the right to, but residence permit in Belgrade, to influence and reshape the will of those people who live in Belgrade," the leader of the opposition Party pf Freedom and Justice (SSP) Dragan Djilas told N1.
He added that „the Government has turned everything upside down so that we now talk about who loves or hates them, and not about the big problem which is directly the theft of the election.“
In the past few days, Djilas published two videos which, as he said, showed the scheme of registering new „residents“ of Belgrade.
The video, made on February 3, explains how the issuance of citizenship and residence for people who were not from Belgrade was organised and how the entire process was coordinated.
At the same time, a dialogue was recorded with one of the coordinators, who, according to his confession, was in charge of doing the job and taking over the taxes payment slips.
The video published by Djilas said that the condition for obtaining Serbia's citizenship for people who appeared at police stations throughout Serbia at the end of last year and the beginning of this month was to vote for the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).
"Vans bring people to police stations throughout Serbia, and mostly in Belgrade," Djilas said. "When asked where they are from, the citizens said they were 'across the border, from Sarajevo, Bijeljina, from Bosnia'". According to the SSP, each group has its coordinator.
After the first video, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said it was a shame and proof of what Đilas thought about the people from Republika Srpska. He said he did not insult the citizens of the Republika Srpska because he was originally from those parts, but that he showed and would continue to show what the Government was doing ahead of the April 3 presidential, early general and Belgrade elections.
The opinion polls suggest the opposition stood a chance of winning in Belgrade.
Rasa Nedeljkov from the CRTA NGO told N1 earlier on Monday that the videos showed "a scheme for registering new 'residents' of Belgrade to vote in the upcoming elections", as "many other situations that are suspicious and will have the consequences. People will lose trust in institutions because the institutions do not react or react badly. And such things upset the public."
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/opposition-leader-regime-brings-people-from-bosnia-to-vote-in-belgrade-election/

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