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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic accused of ‘bribing voters’

The president of the Black and White (Crno na Belo) movement in Serbia, law teacher Vladimir Vuletić, stated he would file criminal charges versus Serbias President Aleksandar Vučić, for what he explained as “paying off voters” ahead of the 3 April elections.
Vučić said in an interview last weekend that if his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) won the upcoming elections, he would make sure that young individuals in Serbia receive another EUR100 of state help.
Serbias government has already decided to give EUR100 to individuals in between 16 and 29 before the elections.
” In his bestial project versus the last institutes of freedom of option and liberty of vote, Vučić breaks Article 156 of the Criminal Code, guaranteeing a part of the people an allurement in 2 instalments. He provides the first part prior to the elections, openly assuring they will get the second part if he wins the upcoming elections,” Vuletić told the independent Danas daily.
The Black and White movement was founded in 2021 with the same name as a union in Montenegro.
Previously, pollical observers informed N1 that Vučićs move was an illegal effort to affect the voters.
They included that people from 16 to 29 years of age were not thinking about politics and did not come from Vučićs voters and accused the Serbian president of trying to attract them with a “marketing pre-election relocation and post-election promise; 100 + 100 euros for their votes is for criminal prosecution.”
According to Goran Radosavljević, a teacher at the Faculty of Economics, Vučić has already invested nearly 2 billion euros from the republican budget plan to purchase votes ahead of the upcoming elections in April.
Radosavljević informed the Beta news agency that the Serbian government had spent about EUR1.4 billion from the spending plan considering that March 2020 on one-off help to numerous classifications of residents.
In his words, to this should be added about EUR100 million in help for young individuals aged 16 to 29, the distribution of which is presently underway, and another EUR100 million, which were revealed by the president “if he wins the election in April”, plus some EUR300 million revealed as aid for pensioners.
All this leads us to, probably not the final figure of EUR1.9 billion, says the professor. He kept in mind that these funds were not prepared in the budget.
Radosavljević mentioned that the approving of cash was generally revealed at interview by the President of Serbia, who has no constitutional authority to deal with such issues.
According to the scholar, the financing is being included to the updated budget, however the dynamic has been such that the particular law for upgrading the budget plan needed to be changed each time the president comes up with an originality.
According to the teacher, it would be more reasonable to leave this law open and only at the end of the year, to sum up, “everything that the president has dispersed to the people.”
Radosavlević likewise points out that not only is this money not prepared in the budget law, however the country simply does not have it.
“We had to contract extra debt so that it would not end up that the president was lying to the residents. For these EUR1.9 billion, we had to go into additional financial obligation, and we will repay this debt with interest”, said the teacher.
Radosavlević keeps in mind that for every single EUR100 “we got from the president”, each Serbian person will return EUR110 in the next 10 years. He added it would be better to market these measures on public tv right away after the money loan advertisements.
Regular and early parliamentary presidential elections are anticipated in Serbia on 3 April. Human rights activists, opposition politicians and observers mention that during Vučićs rule in Serbia, there was an extreme departure from democratic values and the rule of law.
[Modified by Alice Taylor]