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DIP President Branko Hrvatin
Photograph: HINA/ Daniel KASAP / dk

The State Election Commission (DIP) on Wednesday dismissed an objection by the Alliance of Hungarian Associations which had claimed that Robert Jankovics, a candidate for the Hungarian minority member of Parliament, and his associates "paid voters to re-register as Hungarians" during the election campaign for the September 11 early parliamentary election.

To support its objection, the Alliance quoted statements given by some voters in Beli Manastir to police and a TV station in Osijek, claiming that the election outcome regarding the Hungarian minority MP was unlawful.

DIP dismissed the objection as unfounded, saying that every voter had the right to inspect their data in the voter register and ask for their amendment or correction 10 days before elections at the latest.

"Since the objecting party does not cite concrete omissions in the work of election committees at specific polling stations that would bring into question the lawfulness of the election outcome, the suspicion alone regarding the way some members of the Hungarian minority voted is not sufficient to establish that there were irregularities in the election process," DIP said in a statement, adding that allegations that voters were bribed or otherwise encouraged to vote for Jankovics should be addressed to prosecutorial authorities.

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