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Serbia: Kostunica's Party Calls For Election Law Changes

Belgrade, 22 October 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica's party says it will seek changes in the Serbian election law before a presidential poll is repeated. Yesterday's move followed the Serbian Supreme Court's decision on 20 October to dismiss Kostunica's challenge of the official annulment of the Serbian presidential election earlier this month.

The entire election was declared invalid because the turnout in the runoff round was less than the required minimum of 50 percent.

Kostunica said the turnout was sufficient but appeared lower because inflated voters' lists left over from the era of former President Slobodan Milosevic included the names of hundreds of thousands of people who did not exist.

Results showed Kostunica well ahead in the runoff.

Dragan Marsicanin, a top aide to Kostunica, says Kostunica's Democratic Party of Serbia will submit a new draft law on the presidential elections tomorrow.

He expressed hope the turnout requirement will be dropped before a new ballot takes place.