Political parties, coalitions and candidates who took part in the November 2015 parliamentary elections spent a total of HRK 40.2 million on electioneering but raised HRK 5.3 million less, according to the State Election Commission which also said that "significant progress" was made compared to the 2011 elections.

None of the participants in the election spent more than the allowed HRK 1.5 million per constituency.

Only one of the total of 71 participants was denied compensation for the costs of his election campaign. That candidate is Ivan Komak, representing the Czech and Slovak ethnic minorities, who was not elected to the parliament. He lost the right to compensation because he spent the campaign money on personal needs.

A total of HRK 12 million was donated to the election participants, of which HRK 7.3 million was donated to the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ)-led Patriotic Coalition.

Approximately 1.2% or HRK 144,000 worth of donations were impermissible. Under the law, parties and candidates are not allowed to receive donations from unnamed sources or mediators, trade unions, employers, religious communities, state bodies, public companies, companies and other legal entities in which the state holds a stake.

Election participants themselves reported HRK 69,000 in impermissible funds and those donations were paid into the state budget. As for the remaining HRK 79,000, the State Election Commission established that those donations had been made by companies in which the state holds small stakes (ranging from 0.02% to 10.9%). That amount was also paid into the state budget.

Comparing the financing of last year's parliamentary election with that held in 2011, the Commission said "significant progress" had been made.

The Commission also said that only 6.5% of the election participants failed to submit their campaign financial reports to DIP and that all election participants had separate banks accounts opened for election purposes.

By comparison, four years ago, not all election participants opened separate bank accounts for campaign purposes, nearly one fifth (18.7%) failed to submit campaign financial reports on time and more than one fourth (26.9%) never made those reports public.

These figures are even more interesting in light of the fact that 134 participants took part in the 2011 election, nearly twice as many as in the 2015 election.

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