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Voters in Slovenia, Serbia Cast Ballots - 2004-10-03

Voters in Slovenia are casting ballots Sunday for members of parliament, while Serbians are voting in local government elections.

Pre-election polls indicated the center-right opposition Democratic Party of challenger Janez Jansa could emerge as the largest group in the Slovenian parliament, ahead of Prime Minister Anton Rop's Liberal Democrats. By mid-day, 19 percent of 1.6 million Slovenian voters had gone to the polls.

In Serbia's local elections, President Boris Tadic - a reformist - and moderate nationalist Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica have joined forces against candidates from the ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party. The Radicals made a strong showing in first-round balloting two weeks ago.

The French news agency reports about three percent of Serbian voters cast ballots in the first two hours. In a hotly contested election for mayor in the city of Belgrade, 5.5 percent of voters have gone to the polls.