Democracy fatigue is a fact of life in Croatia. It is only two full campaign days left (with Saturday being the day reserved for so called “electoral silence”), but hardly anyone notices that. It is very likely that the turnout is going to be low. Under these circumstances anything over 45 % is going to be smashing success.
The campaign – or the campaigns, because each county/city/municipality has different set of party coalitions – is boring and uneventful. This goes even for Split where two last mayors are running on tickets different from the parties that had them appointed to mayoral post.
The most interesting event of the campaign is in Osijek where Branimir Glavaš (Branimir Glavas) described Vladimir Šeks (Vladimir Seks), his former best friend, as a man fond of bottle. This isn’t exactly the earth-shattering revelation, but it is when it comes from the mouth of former HDZ strongman and born-again regionalist.
In the meantime, Boris Mikšić (Boris Miksic) complains about “media conspiracy” and all those naughty journalists publishing nasty things about him only after he had established himself as some kind of political factor. The latest story is from retired police inspector who claims that he had Mikšić arrested in early 1970s for the theft of typewriters. The inspector says that he hasn’t got any documents to back up his claims, because Mikšić was, according to the laws of the time, “rehabilitated” and his criminal record erased after certain amount of time. Erased or alleged, newly discovered criminal past forced Mikšić to rant about character assassination at the very eve of elections – when his list is expected to fare relatively well in Zagreb. But Mikšić shouldn’t be too angry. If historical tradition is anything to go by, certain amount of time behind bars is necessary requirement for Croatian presidency.