The Constitutional Court reacts late yet again, and changes the rules of the electoral game one minute before it begins, right before the dissolution of the Parliament, when there is nothing to be done to fix the flaws of the legal framework. The decision is politically coloured in favour of the political elite and against legal certainty and the level of citizens’ trust in political institutions and actors, and serves to confuse the public, voters, candidates, media, as well as the institutions entrusted with the execution of the elections. The impression left is that the decision was made with the upcoming re-election of the Constitutional Court judges in mind.
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.
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 majority in parliament on Friday adopted an amended law on the election of MPs that introduces preferential voting at parliamentary elections too.
Leaders of nongovernmental organisations gathered in the civil society organisation "All of us for a Croatia of all of us" on Thursday commented on reports that the ruling Social Democratic Party (SDP) would amend electoral legislation to prevent from running in parliamentary elections persons sentenced to prison sentences of more than six months until the end of their rehabilitation period, saying the ban should apply only to persons convicted of the gravest cases of crime and abuse of office.