Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and his challenger Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), who will compete in the presidential runoff set for 11 January, can raise donations for their campaigns until 9 January, the State Electoral Commission (DIP) recalls.
The State Electoral Commission (DIP) reported on Monday that all four presidential candidates in the coming election had on time submitted their reports on donations and expenses incurred during campaigning.
The campaign teams of three presidential candidates - Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Ivo Josipovic and Milan Kujundzic - have submitted to the State Election Commission preliminary reports on donations and campaign costs, while the team of Ivan Vilibor Sincic said on Saturday they would do so by the deadline which expires at midnight today.
The "Citizens vote against" group on Tuesday presented the cost of its preparations for a December 1 marriage referendum, amounting to HRK 285,000 so far, and called on the "In the name of the family" initiative, which had collected signatures for the referendum, to do the same.
Croatia has one of the best legislative frameworks to control election campaigning but it is still necessary to better apply the legislation which is why government bodies and nongovernmental organisations and especially citizens are urged to take more effort in this regard, a round table discussion titled "How to control election campaign financing" organised by the Croatian Transparency International (TIH) NGO heard on Friday.
Addressing a round table discussion on financing election campaigns and on conflict of interest, which was organised in Zagreb on Tuesday by GONG, a nongovernmental organisation for monitoring elections, Krasic said she could not make the findings available to public before the parliament discussed it.