Representatives of national minorities, Serbs, Bosniaks and Albanians, should also sit in the new Assembly. The number of MPs will remain the same, 51, or will even increase to the maximum 57 MPs, depending on how representatives of national minorities enter the Assembly. We talked about that with Ratko Maričić, the president of the Committee on Statutes, Rules and Regulations.
Namely, the Constitutional Law on the Protection of National Minorities stipulates that local self-government units in which 5 or more members of a particular national minority live, must have members of that national minority in their assemblies or councils, but if they have less than 5 percent, such as the Zagreb case, they can (but do not have to) provide seats in the representative bodies. Milan Bandic decided to join the upcoming elections.
Opponents have already named this by the pre-election and ambush of Bandic's trick - buying votes of members of national minorities pre-election, and they will have their seats in the assembly at the post-election level.
Good morning! Please let us know the Mayor's proposal, what is it about?
Mayor Bandic suggested that, in accordance with the Constitutional Act on the Protection of National Minorities and in accordance with the Law on Local Elections, the protection of those national minorities in the City of Zagreb, which has in the total number of Zagreb citizens more than 0,5 percent. They are the Serb national minority, Bosniak and Albanian.
How much would that be then any city-minority representatives?
They calculated that they were represented in the population of the City of Zagreb more than half a percent, and when it was re-calculated, he proposed that they be three representatives of the Serbian national minority, two Bosniak and one Albanian.
So what would it look like at the Assembly?
This means that when 51 is elected by a city representative, then it is seen whether this is in accordance with this provision, of course, if it is accepted at the Assembly. If there are three or two-one in these 51, then it stays. If they are not, then they are asked within the list of parties that they have proposed and then they enter the Assembly, by increasing the number of members of the Assembly for as many members of the national minorities are missing. It should be noted here that, according to the Local Election Law, these are not special lists but parties within their lists can propose representatives of national minorities.
And what if they do not fill the quota in this way?
If the number can not be filled in this way, then there are additional choices for members of these national minorities.
What stage is this proposal?
This proposal today goes to the Statutory Committee, the Rules of Procedure and the regulations that will be accepted or not. Then it goes first to the City Assembly and then to another Assembly on which the proposal will be accepted or not.
Why does the mayor just suggest it?
Why now, it's not up to me to answer in his name, that's what the Mayor needs to ask. But I think it is always good to apply that provision in accordance with the Constitutional Law on the Protection of National Minorities.