Five parties and coalitions took part Wednesday in the second of three live election campaign debates hosted by N1 TV.
Mihailo Brkic of the Serbia Against Violence coalition, Borko Ilic representing the Dveri and Oathkeepers’ National Gathering coalition, Bojan Kostres of the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina, Sinisa Kovacevic of the People’s Party and Djuradj Jaksic of the Serbian Radical Party took part in the second debate.
The ruling coalition’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) were also invited to take part but both refused the invitation.
What are the politicians offering the people in Serbia’s autonomous province of Vojvodina this time around? What is the debate participants’ view of Vojvodina’s position, financing, minority rights, and how would they solve the main environmental problems, reduce violence and corruption? Are the Vojvodina elections on the back burner? These were the questions asked and topics discussed by the debate participants.
Mihailo Brkic said the Serbia Against Violence coalition’s position is that Vojvodina’s status is in line with the Serbian laws and Constitution.
Bojan Kostres said the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina is of the opinion that Vojvodina is an integral and inalienable part of the Republic of Serbia. “Vojvodina’s autonomy should be viewed as a tool, the people of Vojvodina should use autonomy as a tool for managing resources, so we build a rich and strong Vojvodina. Then we will also have a strong and rich Serbia,” said Kostres.
Borko Ilic said the Dveri and Oathkeepers’ National Gathering coalition advocates the honoring of the Constitution and laws and the autonomy envisaged by the Constitution, as well as that Vojvodina should be the driving force of the development of Serbia’s agriculture and economy.
Sinisa Kovacevic of the People’s Party said Vojvodina’s status within Serbia should be fundamentally changed, while Djuradj Jaksic of the Serbian Radical Party said that, ever since it was founded, his party has been advocating a unitary state, which means a state without autonomous provinces.