MAY 3 2012 23:47h
Ante Zvonimir Golem won the elections among the competing candidates and became the new president of Zagreb HDZ. Although he had to enter the second round, everything was clear in the first round because his lead was difficult to follow.
He entered the second round of the election together with Stipe Mamic who had a three-point lead over Caleta who took the fourth place and a two-point lead over Sanda Kulic Makar who took the third position. In the second round the new president of Zagreb HDZ got 230 votes and Mamic got 122. In the first round Golem got 172 points and Mamic 53.
Sanda Kulic Makar was the third with 51 votes and Drago Caleta was the fourth with 50 votes. Tomislav Druzak got 23 points, Zoran Sangut only 13 and Ivan Bracic only four
Even his friends didn’t vote for him
The case of Ivan Bracic proved that politics is a tricky game. While they were waiting for the results, at least dozen people approached him and congratulated and said that they had voted for him. His five most devoted friends were waiting for the results in the nearby coffee bar. When he came back with them and realized that he had got only 4 votes he found out that even two “friends” hadn’t voted for him. Out of his four votes that he got, one was his own vote.
The current president of HDZ Jadranka Kosor didn’t appear at the elections. Her rival Darko Milinovic hasn’t arrived either but all other candidates were there. It was easy to conclude that the president of Zagreb HDZ Golem was also Tomislav Karamarko’s favorite.
Out of 395 candidates who were invited, there were 370 who actually appeared. They voted for the president of Zagreb HDZ but they also voted for the city council. The interesting fact is that there were 168 candidates for 39 places in the city council. On the other hand, there were 177 candidates for delegates at the general assembly of HDZ which is held in May. There will be 61 places for them.
There weren’t any irregularities during the elections but there was a lot of laughter. While Vladimir Seks was studying the lists to see who his candidates were,Djuro Perica came from behind to see his votes. He is the president of the Club of Founders of HDZ. When Seks noticed that, he hid the paper with his hand, and Perica laughed.
-No cheating – said Seks to his colleague. On the other hand, the MP Milijan Brkic didn’t hide his choice. When the lawyer Stjepan Vokic wanted to see his paper, Brkic told him not to worry.
- I chose your name as well – Brkic said. Vokic was the candidate for the city council and for the delegate at the National HDZ Assembly.
- He really chose my name. He showed me the paper. I still cannot believe it. That is really something, as Vokic was saying in disbelief. It is a well-known fact in their profession that they don’t like each other. Although they belong to the same party, they can’t agree about anything. At least they haven’t been able so far.
This can also mean that Tomislav Karamarko has got allies he couldn’t predict before.