World Bulletin / News Desk
Serbian president-elect Aleksandar Vucic's main poll rival accused the former premier Sunday of "scandalous irregularities" in an election which handed him a first-round victory earlier this month.
Thousands of demonstrators, mostly students, have gathered daily in Belgrade and other cities to protest Vucic's election, but this is the first time one of his rivals has alleged poll irregularities.
Jankovic's office said a recount of 25 bags of polling cards, carried out Friday at the request of the centre-left independent candidate, showed that Vucic had been been awarded 964 more votes than were actually counted.
"The irregularities we found in favour (of Vucic) are scandalous," it said in a statement.
He added that the average difference per polling station between the number of votes officially attributed to Vucic and the actual number counted was 38.
"If this average figure, based on a random sample, were multiplied by the number of all the 8,396 polling stations, it would produce a sinister conclusion: Aleksandar Vucic potentially stole 319,000 votes," the statement added.
Centre-right politician Vucic, a former ultranationalist who was elected prime minister in 2014, won in the first round by garnering more than 50 percent of votes, way ahead of the 10 other candidates.
After the results were announced he trumpeted his "clear ... victory" in winning 12 percent more votes than all the other candidates combined.
On Saturday an estimated 10,000 protestors gathered in Belgrade. Jankovic said the crowds were unhappy with the "injustice of the autocratic regime which threatens Serbia with dictatorship".
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