Opposition criticises announcement that persons in self-isolation can vote



Zagreb, 190418. Markov trg.
Redovita sjednica Sabora.
Na fotografiji: Bojan Glavasevic, Arsen Bauk i Davor Bernardic, predsjednik SDP-a.
Foto: Goran Mehkek / CROPIX
Goran Mehkek / CROPIX

On the photo: SDP MEPs Bojan Glavasevic and Arsen Bauk (L) with SDP Chief Davor Bernardic (R)

The parliamentary opposition on Tuesday drew attention to Croatian Institute of Public Health director Krunoslav Capak's statement that persons in self-isolation would be able to vote in an upcoming election, saying the national civil protection authority was making politically-influenced decisions.

"Experts have said that persons in self-isolation who go out are practically bioterrorists, deciding that they are a serious threat, and started to punish them, then the party decided that we should go to the polls," Arsen Bauk of the Social Democrats said, referring to the ruling HDZ.

He said this undermined the authority of experts and the trust in their decisions. "The biggest danger is that people are starting to see the good decisions the authority is making with contempt because they consider them to be political decisions."

Branko Bacic of the HDZ said that when it comes to experts and politics, Croatia was dealing with the corona crisis successfully and was an example to many other countries.

He said the SDP's goal had been "declaring a state of emergency and adopting decisions by a two-thirds majority, after which Croatia would have ended as many other states, which let only politics manage the crisis.

Bacic said that if the opposition was afraid of the parliamentary election, it was afraid of assuming responsibility for Croatia.