By Monday evening, all candidates for SDP president have to submit at least a thousand signatures of support.
Candidate for SDP president Davor Bernardić submitted on Sunday at the party’s headquarters around 10,500 signatures of support from party members and officially confirmed his candidacy, reports Večernji List on October 30, 2016.
Davor Bernardić was accompanied by numerous party members. “I want to thank SDP members from across Croatia who have given me such a large number of signatures of support. They prove that in our party there is no climate of fear and that our members want a stronger, better and winning SDP, and that together we believe in change. Croatia can be strong only with a strong SDP. The new government is continuing with absurdities. They have just presented proposals for tax reform, and they have already started changing them. They presented members of the new government, and then immediately changed one minister. They issued their demands, and then withdrew them. The greatest absurdity is that we in Croatia are not making plans how to create new value, but we are rather discussing how to collect taxes”, said Bernardić.
“We will return SDP to workers, to people who live from wages earned by their work and knowledge: from farmers and workers in old industries to those employed in new technologies and modern professions, small businesses, and especially young people, who will get a more important role and responsibility in our policies. We will return basic values of social democracy to SDP, and we will ensure social justice. And it means reducing disparities among people, social and political”, said Bernardić.
On Friday, Domagoj Hajduković also submitted his signatures of support. “I think it is time for a new chapter in SDP’s story and I want to write it together with all SDP members”, said Hajduković to reporters. He added that he collected “more than enough signatures” and thus demonstrated the strength and seriousness of support he enjoys among party members. Hajduković did not comment on whom he would support if he did not win one of two top positions in the first round of voting.
Candidate Gordana Sobol also submitted her signatures on Friday. The deadline for candidates to submit signatures expires on Monday. Members of SDP will choose new party president on 19 November.