The Council of the Democratic Alliance of the Vojvodina Croats (DSHV) on Tuesday evening did not support any of the candidates to run in coming presidential elections in Serbia but suggested that local Croats should vote for a pro-democratic candidate with positive policies regarding the rights of the Croat ethnic minority.
"We want dignity and equality for the Croats in Serbia. We want equal opportunities in participation in public life, proportional representation in state and public institutions. We want an end to a policy of exclusion, disregard and state interference in our identity-related matters. Those who offer in their platforms such policies and those whose practice so far has been such will have our trust," DSHV leader Tomislav Zigmanov said explaining the party council's decision.
This conclusion was supported by most members of the highest DSHV body at a session held in Subotica, in the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina.
A few days before that session, the DSHV deputy in the Vojvodina parliament, Vesna Prcic, called on members of the Croat community and DSHV members to vote for Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) presidential candidate Aleksandar Vucic.
Zigmanov said that he was unpleasantly surprised by Prcic's statement, adding that it was her own view and act and not the DSHV's position.
Serbian presidential elections will be held on April 2.