In a bid to preserve the integrity of the democratic electoral process, Serbia's Youth Initiative for Human Rights provides guidelines for citizens to verify their personal data and signatures on electoral lists amid widespread reports of forgery. The unauthorized use of personal data and signature forgery are blatant illegal acts that compromise the electoral process and erode public trust in democratic institutions.
Steps to Verify Personal Information
The verification process requires voters to send several emails to the Republic Electoral Commission (RIK) or the Provincial Electoral Commission (PIK). Voters are to request confirmation of their support for any electoral list for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for December 17, 2023. They should also request direct access and a copy of the statement of support. The email must include their full name, ID card address, ID card number, and unique master citizen number (JMBG).
Procedure for Provincial and Local Elections
For provincial elections, voters should follow a similar process with their Provincial Electoral Commission. For local elections, voters are advised to visit the RIK's website to obtain the contact information of their local electoral commission and forward the same information.
Taking Action Against Data Misuse
If voters discover misuse of their personal data, they are urged to take immediate action. This includes filing a criminal complaint and lodging a complaint with the Commissioner. This decisive action is crucial to hold accountable those who threaten the democratic process and to deter future violations.
In addition to providing these essential guidelines, the Youth Initiative for Human Rights maintains a robust social media presence to keep the public informed and engaged. They also offer a subscription plan for Danas newspaper, providing exclusive access to news in PDF format, an extensive online archive, discounts with partners, and invitations to exclusive events and actions.