GONG: Number of complaints about voting irregularities expectedly increased

The election-monitoring non-governmental organisation GONG said on Sunday that it was receiving an expectedly increased number of complaints from citizens regarding irregularities in the voting procedure and that most of the complaints referred to violations of an electioneering ban and to some members of voter committees not having adequate information on the voting procedure.

Among the non-anonimous complaints it received GONG singles out cases of voters not having information on where they should vote if outside their place of residence, as well as cases of violation of the secrecy of voting at some polling stations.

GONG also singled out a complaint about the deputy head of Draz municipality and an election observer, Sandor Sipus, calling on voters to vote for Hungarian ethnic minority candidate Robert Jankovics, which it reported to the election commissions in charge and to the police.

Most complaints referred to violations of the electioneering ban, both on Saturday and Sunday, with voters being asked to vote for the Patriotic Coalition, the Croatia Is Growing coalition, Milan Bandic, the Human Barrier, In the Name of the Family party, and the Forward Croatia coalition. Voters were urged to vote for specific slates through various communication channels, such as leaflets, banners, phone calls, text messages etc.

GONG recalled that all election irregularities should be reported to the State Election Commission, the Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries, and the Croatian Personal Data Protection Agency.

Last update: Sun, 08/11/2015 - 14:35

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