The proposal for the work of opposition includes the formation of program-ideological electoral platforms which will work together towards creating better electoral conditions, cooperate on election control, respect one another mutually, without attacking one another. In case of winning the elections, the platform with the most trust of the citizens will get joint support for mayoral elections, i.e., the election of prime minister, and all platforms will consider support for one presidential candidate.
Speaking about this proposal, Radomir Lazović pointed out that he respects conceptual and ideological differences of opposition organizations, but offers a framework for joint work on the most important goal, which is the change of the criminal regime of Aleksandar Vučić. “All organizations and individuals who can and want to work together and advance through that cooperation should network and agree on a joint approach. For us, that is a green-left group. We cannot imagine the anti-vaccination Dosta je bilo or nationalist Dveri as good partners for Ne davimo Beograd. That is why we suggest several groups similar in terms of program and ideology, but with cooperation and support in the election process”.
Nebojša Zelenović referred to successful models of cooperation in the region, pointing out the principle applied by organizations from Slovenia, which is that the political platform that gets the most votes, gives a candidate for a mayor or prime minister after the elections. “We can see that the citizens want to vote for real solutions that will advance their everyday lives, and a group of green-leftist organizations we belong to bases its work precisely on that. People told us clearly they want new faces, new politics, and real solutions”.
Dobrica Veselinović pointed out that it is necessary that all political organizations from the opposition cooperate on the election control and respect one another mutually, without attacking one another, as well as to work together so that more citizens would vote against this criminal regime. “It is very important to highlight straight away that there is no cooperation with SNS or SPS. We saw in the past that there were such situations on a local level and it is important to nip it in the bud entirely”.
The Road Towards Victory
The proposal by Ne davimo Beograd and Zajedno za Srbiju for cooperation between opposition organizations
Having in mind that the most important task of the opposition is replacing the nondemocratic and criminal government, while also having in mind program and conceptual differences between parties and organizations from the opposition, Ne davimo Beograd and Zajedno za Srbiju propose a cooperation model and coordinated work for most efficient achievement of the desired goal. We believe there is a wide political space for cooperation and joint action that would give results, without exhausting opposition groups in fruitless debates and exhausting mutual fights. We believe that the path to victory leads to the following steps:
Mutual non-aggression. Opposition parties and organizations will treat one another with mutual respect and fairness in public appearances and political activities, without accusations, negative qualifications, disqualifications, dissemination of false information about any of the parties and organizations, and without distorting the meaning of what a party publicly states in statements or program and political proposals.
Control of the election process. In case of a decision to participate in the elections, opposition parties and organizations will cooperate in preventing electoral irregularities and election control. Cooperation includes coordination regarding the placement of controllers to polling stations, an agreement on forming joint bodies for the protection of the right to vote, an agreement on legal cooperation, and other actions regarding the prevention of election fraud and manipulation.
Joint election campaign. There is a trend of a declining turnout during election cycles and election apathy, especially of opposition voters. That is why it is important to use the resources, alongside media and non-governmental organizations, for organizing a campaign to have people go to the polls, regardless of which opposition option they vote for. This is especially important in the context of the boycott of the previous elections.
Forming similar election platforms and pre-election alliances in terms of program and ideology in which will participate organizations that can and want to work with each other, achieving a synergy of joint action. In this way, the constant divisions and conflicts that arise from the imperative of cooperation of program incompatible organizations will be overcome. In doing so, care will be taken that no list remains below the threshold, as well as the possibility of productive cooperation between parties and organizations.
Creating a post-election coalition in which the strongest opposition list would give a candidate for mayor or prime minister. In the event of an electoral victory over the authoritarian regime, the signatory organizations will give their support for the election of the Prime Minister and/or Mayor to the organization with the highest number of votes in the state or city elections. In this way, the election result of the platform that receives the greatest trust of the citizens will be respected.
Any possibility of coalitions, giving tacit or minority support and cooperation with the ruling parties (SNS and SPS) and cooperation with those organizations that openly support the governing policy or participate in plundering the state, destroying public resources and deceiving the public is excluded.
Agreeing on a joint candidate for the presidential election. The signatories of the future agreement will participate in the negotiation for a joint candidate for the presidential elections, and in case of a successful agreement, they will give open and sincere support to the joint candidate.
The future agreement can be acceded to by parties and organizations that have shown their commitment to democratic values and have been a constant opposition to the ruling regime and the harmful policies it pursues.