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The State Election Commission (DIP) said on Tuesday that it would request Human Shield party leader Ivan Sincic, former party member Hrvoje Runtic and the leader of the Let Us Change Croatia party, Ivan Lovrinovic, to state their positions on Runtic's accusations against Human Shield in the media and that in case any irregularities were established, it would refer the case to the prosecutorial authorities.

DIP made this statement after Hina asked it what it intended to do regarding the fact that Runtic, a former deputy leader of Human Shield, has made serious accusations against the party and the way it raised funds from its donors.

Runtic has told a daily that "yellow envelopes with money from donors who were not on the official donor list arrived at the party's election headquarters under the cover of darkness."

He accused Lovrinovic, whose party formed a pre-election coalition with Human Shield, of trying to bribe him with HRK 100,000 plus 500 euros weekly to make sure he keeps silent about unofficial donations that were allegedly given to the party.

Lovrinovic has dismissed the accusations as ridiculous and unworthy of comment.

DIP says in its statement that it monitors the financing of election campaigns by controlling special bank accounts that must be opened specifically for that purpose, from the day they are opened to the day transactions in those accounts are completed, namely within 90 days after official election results are published.

Data stated in parties' financial reports are compared against data in their bank accounts submitted by commercial banks and against relevant documentation collected from election participants, DIP said among other things.

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