In order to invalidate to the largest extent possible the rule that elections are won with „one third above and two thirds below the table“, GONG is appealing to the Government and the Parliament that, before their dissolution, they pass a long awaited and improved Act on Referenda, and to make the most of the last opportunity before the elections to incorporate better ways to increase transparency of election and referendum campaigns.
A group of 15 trade unions and seven civil society organisations calling for "a referendum on referendums" have so far collected 315,000 signatures for their petition, the group's coordinators said at a press conference in Zagreb on Thursday, appealing to the public to support their initiative over the remaining three days in order to "save direct democracy".
The "Pro Referendum" civic initiative submitted two referendum questions to the Constitutional Court on Monday for evaluation, which it intends to raise - that signatures for referendums can be collected at any appropriate place, as is the case now, and that referendums can be called if requested by 200,000 voters or five percent of all registered voters and not 10% as is the case now.
"A referendum with fewer signatures and more petition sites" - this is the message of a new civil initiative by 15 unions and seven civil society organisations to launch the collection of signatures for a new referendum so as to ensure that signatures continue to be collected in public places and that the number of signatures required to call a referendum be reduced to 200,000.
The parliamentary committee for the Constitution on Tuesday proposed that parliament appoint two constitutional court judges from three short-listed applicants out of 11 who had applied - a constitutional law professor, Sanja Baric, Judge Ivana Calic and former state prosecutor Mladen Bajic.
Public Administration Minister Arsen Bauk announced in Parliament on Tuesday that before the second reading of the bill on the financing of political activity, election campaigning and referendums he would ease the ban for civil society organisations to finance referendum activities.
Activists of a few nongovernmental organisations on Monday raised their voice against prohibiting civil society associations and foundations from financing referendum activities and promotion, as envisaged by a bill on financing political activities, election campaigns and referenda, which is to receive first reading in the national parliament.
The government on Thursday adopted a decision to, due to the expiration of their terms, call elections for members to national minority councils and minority representatives in local and regional self-government units for 31 May.
The Constitutional Court has found that the proposed referendum question on the lease of motorways is not in line with the Constitution, ruling that a referendum may not be called.
Transport Minister Sinisa Hajdas Doncic on Thursday reiterated that the government would not abandon plans to monetise the debt of state motorway operators -- the Croatian Motorways (HAC) and the Rijeka-Zagreb (ARZ) --, but the cabinet would only change a model how to do it.