ZAGREB, Aug 21, 2020 – SDP parliamentarian Pedja Grbin said on Friday that he had handed in his candidacy for the Social Democratic Party leader with almost 1,400 signatures in support of his presidential bid.
Asked about another two candidates for the SDP presidency, Grbin said that Mirela Ahmetovic is an excellent mayor and Zeljko Kolar is an excellent county prefect and both are serious politicians and SDP members who, after the election could be a part of his team.
Grbin said that SDP’s defeat in the 5 July parliamentary elections should serve as a springboard for transforming the party for the better.
He confirmed that a problem exists regarding party membership and membership fees, because of the 33,000 members of the party only about 6,000 regularly pay membership fees, he said adding that this was because of the membership’s disappointment in the party.
The election won’t be legitimate if the majority of membership does not vote
I appealed to the leadership and that has brought results and regular paying members now count about 12,000 and I hope there will be more, he said.
He believes that the election will not be legitimate if at least half or a good portion of SDP members would not vote in the intra-party elections set for 26 September.