In the elections announced for April 3 next year, well-known people who have been watching in the political sphere for years and decades will run for citizens, but also some new ones from the category – non-partisan personalities. This trend of expelling people who do not have party cards is present in the last election cycles.
The so-called civil opposition, gathered around Dragan Djilas’ Party of Freedom and Justice, Vuk Jeremic’s People’s Party and Zoran Lutovac’s Democratic Party, will most likely run with new people, although they have not yet officially announced their decision to go to the polls. However, as DS President Zoran Lutovac said, a preliminary agreement on entering the race together with the SAA and the National Assembly and some other movements has been reached, but it will be announced to the public only when it is confirmed by party bodies.
Analyst Djordje Vukadinovic pointed out that, according to research, SDS president Boris Tadic and SAA vice president Marinika Tepic are the best ranked as possible candidates, and that other politicians from the opposition are in a bad position with the rating. He revealed to Nova S that a writer, professor and lawyer have a good “type”.
According to analyst Branko Radun, there are different motives for people who are not in the party.
– It can be some former politicians who are not active at the moment, but also people from some other areas. New people are pulling out because the old ones are spent, they have a lot of ballast, they were in power, they have a bad image and they know that they cannot be a winning option. On the other hand, a non-partisan person is used even when the parties cannot agree among themselves, and then a compromise is made with a candidate who is acceptable to everyone. The third option is that politicians do not want to stand out, because they know that their rating is low – Radun explains for “Novosti”, and adds that Djilas, Jeremic or Marinika Tepic do not have the individual power to be strong candidates, as research shows.
As our interlocutor pointed out, a non-partisan person, pointing to the example of the Prime Minister of Montenegro Zdravko Krivokapić, has no strength after the elections:
– Politicians have a party, network, infrastructure behind them, and a non-party person does not, because he can always be replaced by the party that nominated him as a candidate. In the parliamentary system, the source of power is the party from which, say, the prime minister comes.
In the last presidential elections, a non-partisan person was a character in a white suit who rode a horse or rode in a carriage of the same color, Ljubisa Preletačević Beli, who received 9.43 percent of the vote and won third place. Former Protector of Citizens Sasa Jankovic was also a new face. With 16.36 percent, he was “silver”.
The rest of the opposition, like things now, like the Serbian Radical Party, Enough is Enough, the Democratic Party of Serbia – POKS and Zavetnik, will go to the polls with party officials. The parties of the government will also go to the map of the character checker, but there will also be a lot of younger, new people on the lists for deputies. The parties that have been in a coalition with the SNS have been calling for the Progressives’ camp for days to make a decision for Aleksandar Vučić to be the candidate so that everyone can support him.
ACCENT OF BELGRADE
The so-called civil opposition is considering the best tactics for going to the polls, but there will be no complete boycott as in the previous declaration.
– A boycott turned out to be a bad idea. The opposition lost a year or two arguing among themselves whether they should have gone to the polls or not. Now there is controversy again over whether to boycott any of the three levels. I think that they should go to all the elections, and put emphasis on the capital elections, because they are better ranked there. Not going to the part of the elections will only confuse the voters – Radun pointed out.
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