According to the latest poll conducted by US International Republican Institute, whose results have appeared in the Belgrade media today, Tadic should get 26.7% of votes in the first round, while 25.7% will go to Nikolic.
Support for the two main candidates appears to have dwindled since the previous poll by the same institure: at the start of April Tadic was three percentage points ahead of Nikolic. It would appear to be a certainty that neither of these two candidates will manage to win outright in the first round on May 6. For this they would require 50% of the vote plus one. It seems Tadic and Nikolic will face down in a decisive poll to be held on May 20.
In third place in this race is, with 12.7%, the Regions Party (URS) candidate, Zoran Stankovic, the country's present Health Minister. He is followed by Interior Minister ad leader of the Serb Socialist Party (SPS) Ivica Dacic, who has 10.3% of the vote. These are followed by the leader of the conservative Serb Democratic Party (DSS) Vojislav Kostunica (7%) and the head of the Liberal Democratic Party Cedomir Jovanovic (6.4%).
There is a total of twelve candidates running for president.
As well as being the date for the presidential election, May 6 will also see parliamentary and local elections in Serbia. In the parliamentary vote, Nikolic's conservative party is being tipped as favourite ahead of Tadic's Democrats. (ANSAmed)