The winner of Croatia's presidential election on Sunday, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, has won 50.74% of the vote, while outgoing President Ivo Josipovic has won 49.26%, according to the results from 99.98% of polling stations, the State Election Commission said on Monday.
The State Electoral Commission (DIP) on Tuesday stated officially that the second round of presidential elections would be held on Sunday, January 11, and that competing against one another would be the two candidates who had won the most votes in the first round on December 28 - Ivo Josipovic of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ).
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.
After 99.98% of ballots have been counted, Ivo Josipovic's advantage over Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic in Sunday's presidential election has been additionally reduced, and according to a report by the State Electoral Commission (DIP) at 6am on Monday, the difference now is a slim 1.24%.
The non-governmental election-monitoring organisation GONG said on Sunday night that the presidential election had taken place mainly in a democratic atmosphere, with reports by citizens of the incompetence and indifference of polling committee members.
A ban on electioneering went into force at midnight on Friday and will last until 1900 hrs Sunday when polling stations close for Croatia's presidential election in which the incumbent head of state Ivo Josipovic and three challengers are competing.
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.
Presidential candidates Ivo Josipovic, nominated by the ruling Social Democratic Party, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, nominated by the opposition Croatian Democratic Union, Milan Kujundzic of the Alliance for Croatia and Ivan Vilibor Sincic of the Human Barrier are agreed that the president's current constitutional powers are sufficient and are against the idea to elect the president in parliament, but are divided as to Croatia's recognition of Palestine, Croatia's role in NATO's peace missions, and the direction in which the Armed Forces should develop. Hina sent the candidates the same questions, to which they replied in writing.
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 Public Administration Ministry said on Friday that 3,779,281 voters are eligible to vote at the presidential election to be held on 28 December.