Zagreb, January 9, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Marija Avramovic
President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament Gianni Pittella sent a video message of support to the presidential candidate Ivo Josipovic.
He pointed out that current president has raised international reputation of Croatia, opened a dialogue with the Western Balkan countries and widely contributed to stability in the region.
Pittella in his video message reminded that it was Josipovic who advocated cooperation with the countries, which are not yet a part of the European family, but want and need to be.
“That is why we, socialists and democrats in the European Parliament, are providing him our full support for the second term. As the president of our political group, I urge you to go to the polls on Sunday, January 11 and cast your vote to Ivo Josipovic”, Pittella said.
In the first round of the elections for Josipovic voted 687,476 voters or 38.48% and candidate for Croatian democratic union (HDZ) Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic won 664,232 votes, 37.18%.
Nearly 22,000 observers will be monitoring the second, round which is almost as many observers in the first round of the sixth presidential elections.
HDZ reported the most observers, nearly 11,500 while for Josipovic 9,100 people will observe the elections.
Four nongovernmental organizations-GONG, On behalf of the family, Observer and Croatian responsible society-reported 920 observers in total.
The biggest surprise of the first round, candidate for “Human Wall” Ivan Vilibor Sincic, who won 16,42% of the votes, called Croatians not to give their vote to any of the two candidates on Sunday.