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Croatia's State Election Commission (DIP) has stated that all 177 slates submitted for the early parliamentary election, set for 11 September, are valid, and a formal campaigning period began on 15 August.

The DIP chairman,  Branko Hrvatin, recalled at a news conference in Zagreb on Monday, that the campaigning could last until the midnight of 9 September, when a ban on electioneering is in force until the end of the voting.

By midnight on Saturday, 13 August, when the deadline for the submission of slates expired, DIP received 177 slates, 11 more than in November 2015.

Broken down by gender, the portion of female candidates dropped to 39.74% compared to 41.41% in slates submitted for the previous vote.

The mean age of the candidates is 47.4 years as against 44.5 years for the previous election.

The largest number of slates, 19, refer to Constituency No. 1, which covers the northwestern part of Zagreb County, a part of downtown Zagreb and the western part of the capital, while the fewest slates, 12, were submitted for Constituency No. 9, which covers Lika-Senj County, Zadar County, Sibenik-Knin County, and the northern part of Split-Dalmatia County.

Fourteen slates were submitted for Constituency No. 11 where three members of Parliament are elected by Croatian nationals without residence in Croatia.

This year the number of candidacies for Constituency No. 12, where ethnic minorities elect their representatives, is 26, having dropped from 34 in November 2015.

The new, ninth Croatian legislature, to be elected on September 11, will have 151 deputies - 140 will be elected in ten constituencies in Croatia, three will be elected by the diaspora (Croatian nationals without residence in Croatia), and eight by ethnic minorities in Constituency No. 12, which covers the entire country.

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