- Title: YUGOSLAVIA: SERBIAN COURT RULES ON ELECTIONS RESULTS
- Date: 20th January 1997
- Summary: BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA (JANUARY 20, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SLV POSTERS IN WINDOW OF EXTERIOR OF SERBIAN RADICAL PARTY BUILDING 0.05 2. SCU SIGN OF SERBIAN RADICAL PARTY 0.09 3. SCU HEAD OF BELGRADE BRANCH STEVO DRAGISIC SAYING IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CORRECT THE MISTAKE WHICH THE STATE INSTITUTIONS MADE WHEN THEY ANNULLED THE RESULTS OF THE NOVEMBER 17 ELECTIONS. BY ANNULLING THE RESULTS, THEY ERASED THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE (SERBO-CROAT) 0.25 4. SCU CIVIC ALLIANCE OF SERBIA POSTER ON WALL 0.30 5. SCU ZAJEDNO LEGAL EXPERT GORAN SVILAJNOVIC SAYING IF WE GET THE DECISION OF THE APPEAL WE ARE GOING TO REPLY TO IT AND THEN THE COURT SHOULD DECIDE. THEY WILL HAVE 48 HOURS TO DECIDE. (ENGLISH) 1.03 6. SCU ZAJEDNO POSTER ON WALL 1.07 7. GV/LV EXTERIOR OF FIRST MUNICIPAL COURT 1.15 8. SCU SIGN OUTSIDE COURT 1.18 9. SLV PRESS CONFERENCE 1.23 10. SLV MEDIA 1.26 11. SCU PRESIDENT OF THE COURT DRAGOLJUB JANKOVIC SAYING "THE COURT RECEIVED TWO APPEALS. ONE BY CITY BRANCH OF SERBIAN RADICAL PARTY AND THE OTHER OF CITY BRANCH OF SOCIALIST PARTY OF SERBIA" (SERBO-CROAT) 1.47 12. SCU MEDIA TAKE NOTES (2 SHOTS) 1.55 13. SCU JANKOVIC SAYING "WE ARE ASKED BY BOTH PARTIES TO ANNUL THE DECISION OF CITY ELECTORAL COMMISSION. BOTH PARTIES CLAIM THE COMMISSION DID NOT HAVE LEGAL RIGHT TO MAKE SUCH A DECISION (AWARD THE VICTORY TO THE OPPOSITION) (SERBO-CROAT) 2.11 14. SCU GUN ON BELT OF RIOT POLICEMAN 2.15 15. SCU RIOT POLICE STAND-BY 2.18 16. LV STUDENTS RALLY - CITIZENS GATHERING FOR ZAJEDNO RALLY 2.29 17. SLV STUDENTS WITH NEWSPAPERS ON STEPS OF BUILDING 2.32 18. LV RIOT POLICE ARRIVE AND TAKE UP POSITIONS (3 SHOTS) 2.48 19. HAS STUDENTS RALLYING AND DANCING (2 SHOTS) 2.55 20. TV RALLY IN PROGRESS 2.58 21. SCU DEMOCRATIC PARTY SPOKESMAN VUK SANOVIC SAYING THE APPEALS OF THE SOCIALIST PARTY OF SERBIA AND SERBIAN RADICAL PARTY MEAN MILOSEVIC MADE THE DECISION NOT TO STEP BACK AND TO CONTINUE THE CRISIS (ENGLISH) 3.19 22. SLV POSTERS ON WALL 3.21 23. SCU OPPOSITION LEADER VUK DRASKOVIC SAYING FIRST SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC DECIDED TO REINSTATE THE ELECTION RESULTS OF NOVEMBER 17. SECONDLY HE CREATED A COALITION WITH THE FASCIST ANTI-DAYTON PARTY OF SESELJ (SERBIAN RADICAL PARTY) TO PROVOKE BLOODSHED IN SERBIA (ENGLISH) 3.53 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA
- Country: Yugoslavia
- Duration: 00:03:51
- Story Text: - INTRO: A Serbian court has said that the government and an allied radical party have appealed against an electoral commission ruling that awarded victory to the opposition in Belgrade local elections two months ago.
: The Belgrade municipal court on Monday (January 20) said it would ask the Serbian Supreme Court to decide which element of the judicial system should rule on electoral appeals.
The move follows a ruling reversing the government's annulment of local elections and gave victory in the Belgrade poll to the opposition.
The court said two appeals were submitted -- one by President Slobodan Milosevic's Socialists (SPS) and the other by the rightist Serbian Radical Party (SRS), which is not in the government but opposes Serbia's moderate opposition coalition.
The appeal in Belgrade was lodged in the ninth week of pro-democracy demonstrations against the government's annulment of Serbia-wide municipal voting won by the opposition coalition Zajedno bloc.
The of head of Belgrade branch of the ultranationalist Serbian Radical Party said he was challenging the city electoral commission because he believed it had acted illegally.
"It is impossible to correct the mistake which the state institutions made when they annulled the results of November 17 elections. By annulling the results, they erased the will of people", Stevo Dragisic said.
Two months after the elections, Belgrade's electoral commission decided last week that President Slobodan Milosevic's Socialists (SPS) had lost the capital -- a breakthrough for opposition street protesters.
Zajedno wants election victories in 14 major Serbian towns recognised, as recommended by OSCE investigators, to start democratising Serbia after half a century of effective one-party leftist rule.
A Zajedno legal expert said that the normal procedure which was not always respected was "that the court should send the appeal to the coalition".
"We shall have opportunity to reply to it. If we get decision of the appeal of SPS, we are going to reply to it and then court should decide. They will have a note of 48 hours to decide", Goran Svilajnovic said.
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