PARLIAMENTARY lists that applied for the elections on April 3 have the right to receive 21.7 million dinars from the state budget for the campaign. When it comes to the presidential race, each candidate will receive 46.1 million dinars.
The Ministry of Finance determined this account and informed the parties that they could deposit a guarantee on a special giro account, as a guarantee for the use of money.
Amendments to the Law on Financing Political Activities, from this election cycle, introduced the rule that everyone, even without submitting a deposit in the amount that follows (money, bank guarantees, real estate), have the right to use funds from the budget. But, it depends on whether they give a guarantee or not, whether the money from the state treasury will be in their account before or after the elections.
For those who make a deposit, the money will be paid before the voting day. And, for those who do not do that, only after the announcement of the results, in case they gain the trust of more than one percent of the voters for the majority, or 0.2 percent for the minority parties. These are the thresholds that “competitors” must cross in order not to have to return the money to the state.
If coalitions and parties take the funds and do not win enough votes to keep it and not return the money to the budget of Serbia (the deadline is 30 days from the announcement of the official results), the state will be charged from the guarantee.
By the way, about 930 million dinars were allocated from the state budget for the participants in the parliamentary elections, and the same amount for the presidential elections. These amounts are divided in the ratio of 40 to 60 percent. This means that the participants in the parliamentary race, the smaller part follows before the voting day, and the larger part will be shared by those who win mandates.
Also, in the presidential race, 40 percent is divided first, while the rest will be won by the candidates who enter the second round, or only one, if they win in the first round.
In the elections for the new assembly, 19 lists are competing, while eight candidates entered the race for the presidency of Serbia. Everything they spend in the campaign must be shown in the financial statements.
CALCULATION AND ACCORDING TO MANDATES
MONEY from the election campaign, which remains undistributed to the participants at the start of the election race, is distributed to those who win seats. Also, in the case of the presidential election, most of the money will go to the winner or participants in the second round of voting, which will be organized if no candidate wins the required majority on April 3.
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