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The State Election Commission (DIP) has said that the statement by First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko of the HDZ party that there are indications that his party was defrauded of some votes in the November 8 parliamentary vote gives rise to suspicion about the regularity of the election results and that DIP will therefore file a report against an unidentified perpetrator to the Office of the Chief State Prosecutor (DORH) for possible election fraud.

In a statement issued on Monday, DIP said that its next statement would depend on DORH's actions and that its representatives would not make any comments on the matter.

DIP said that the official results of the parliamentary elections held on November 7, 8 and 15, 2015 were published on 16 November 2015. The published results were based on returns collected at 6,951 polling stations in Croatia and abroad.

After the results were made public, DIP received four complaints, two of which were dismissed as unfounded, while two were dismissed for not having been submitted in a timely manner. There were no appeals against those decisions, DIP said.

The final official results of the parliamentary elections were published on 23 November 2015. On the same day, the Constitutional Court established that the parliamentary elections had been conducted in line with the Constitution, the Constitutional Law on the Constitutional Court and the Act on Parliamentary Elections, DIP recalled.

In line with the firmly established practice in the election process and with the aim of ensuring its transparency, at 10 pm on the day of the elections DIP started publishing election results as they were entered in its computer system, DIP said.

Already on 11 November 2015, before the official election results were published, DIP released on its web page election results for individual polling stations, and those results were easy to access and search by the public in general, including participants in the elections, DIP said.

With the confirmation of the final election results by the Constitutional Court, DIP completed the election process, thus wrapping up the procedure for the protection of voting rights as regulated by the Parliamentary Elections Act and exhausting the possibility of any further action on its part, DIP said in its statement.

During a visit to the southern town of Imotski on Saturday, Karamarko said that there were indications that in the election night the Patriotic Coalition had been defrauded of five or six parliamentary seats, adding that this would have to be investigated.

In a post on his Facebook account on Sunday, Karamarko expressed hope that the relevant state institutions would analyse how it was possible for the information company APIS, which had full control over voter registers and ballot counting in the November 8 election, to become state-owned while the Social Democratic Party was in power.

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