Vice-President of the Freedom and Justice Party (SSP), Borko Stefanovic, has said that forming a government ministry that would be in charge of holding elections, have executive powers and prevent abuses in the electoral process, could be easily done via a Lex Specialis.
“We are close to defining the final content of the platform. We have sent it to other political parties and individuals so they can submit their proposals and suggestions,” Stefanovic said in the Pravi Ugao show, speaking about the content of the platform for negotiations with the state authorities. The platform was devised by the SSP party, the Democratic Party and the Free Citizens Movement.
“It is irrelevant what the body that would be in charge of the election will be called – a ministry or a secretariat, or a commission. The important thing is to have an executive power that would prevent various election abuses, as well as prevent pressures on the electorate,” Stefanovic added.
The same body would have a person of trust in each public company who would prevent from public enterprise employees being forced to vote for a certain political option at the threat of losing their jobs if they don’t. “Every night, the representative of that body would appear on a public television network to say where the abuse took place,” Stefanovic said.
Recalling that the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, has rejected the possibility of forming such a body, Stefanovic said that “it is not Vucic who is asking for it, but the citizens of Serbia and the European Union, because if it were up to him, he would never change the existing election conditions”.
“If we do not have normal electoral conditions and the opportunity for citizens to choose freely, driving fear and crime out of Serbia, then other rules will apply. People will go to the streets to protest. We do not want that, and if it happens, Vucic will be responsible for that,” Stefanovic warned.
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