The Croatian embassy in Canada has reported that due to the pandemic in that country, it will not be possible to organize voting in the Croatian parliamentary elections on July 4th and 5th.
The Canadian government cannot approve the setting up of polls at our embassy in Ottawa, nor at the General Consulate in Mississauga near Toronto. Croats in Canada are outraged by such a decision.
“If people in Toronto can already wait in line to buy ice cream with a distance of two metres between them, I don't know why we wouldn't be able to wait in line a few hours to exercise our right to vote. Unfortunately over the past few years we have gotten used to waiting in lines during Croatian elections. I have spoken with a number of members from the Government Council for Croats Abroad and judging by everything, it is possible that in numerous countries it will not be able to vote. It should be noted that people are primarily bitter at the government decision for the elections to be held so soon, and that they didn't wait for the fall and the COVID situation to calm down around the world,” said the President of the Government Council for Croats Abroad, Ivan Grbešić.
“I believe that our diplomatic representations are talking with authorities in all countries and if there are such situations they will be a fairly small number of exceptions. They will continue to work on this and if the epidemiological situation improves, there is always room for additional efforts,” said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.
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