ELECTIONS HELD IN 1996
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|3 November 1996|
|Elections were held for all the seats in the Chamber of Citizens on the normal expiry of the members' term of office.|
|The 1996 elections for the Chamber of Citizens of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) were held simultaneously with those for municipal governments throughout the country and the legislature of the constituent republic of Montenegro.
For the 138 seats at stake, there were 812 candidates: 607 in Serbia and 205 in Montenegro. Most were fielded by the ruling Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) of President of the Republic Slobodan Milosevic, allied with the United Left (JUL) headed by his wife; the opposition, five-party alliance formed shortly before the poll and known as the Democratic Coalition of Workers and Farmers - Together; the Democratic Party of Montenegrin Socialists, supporters of the SPS; and the ultranationalist Serbian Radical Party.
The campaign took place against a backdrop of serious economic crisis (especially unemployment) caused in no small part by the four-year war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the resulting international embargo, lifted following the December 1995 Dayton Agreement ending the war. With regard to this pact, President Milosevic was characterised as a man of peace for his role in its conclusion.
Final results, as announced by the Federal Election Commission on 6 November, gave a clear victory to the SPS and its Montenegrin allies, who together totalled 84 seats - a gain of 20. The opposition reacted by alleging irregularities, especially accusing the state-run media of biased campaign coverage.
The Federal Government is headed by Mr. Radoje Kontic.
|Round no 1 (3 November 1996): Elections results|
|Number of registered electors||7,594,405|
|Round no 1: Distribution of votes|
|Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro||146,221||3.35|
|Serbian Radical Party||779,259||17.88|
|Round no 1: Distribution of seats|
|Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro||20|
|Serbian Radical Party||16|
|PSS-JUL-ND Coalition: Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), Yugoslav United Left (JUL), New Democracy (ND)
"Together" Coalition: Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO), Democratic Party (DS), Serbian Democratic Party (DSS), Civic Alliance (GSS)
|Distribution of seats according to sex:|
|Percent of women:||5.07|
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