Sluggish start to Croatia's snap parliamentary poll

Voting in Croatia's parliamentary elections got off to a sluggish start early Sunday, in the second poll of its kind in just 10 months.  

Four and a half hours into the 12-hour voting day, the election turnout stood at 18.9 per cent. 

That was by around 3 percentage points down compared to the same time in the November 2015 vote, the state election commission said. The final turnout then was 60.2 per cent.

The snap poll was forced when the coalition of the conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and newcomer reformist party Most collapsed after just five months.

Pollsters and analysts predict further political instability in Croatia, with no clear-cut winner expected. 

THe HDZ and the opposition Social Democratic Party were tipped to run a neck-in-neck race, with the Most likely to again come in third and play the role of kingmaker in coalition talks.

The election campaign in the EU's newest member state has been largely focused on political smearing, with little attention paid to concrete issues such as Croatia's fragile economic recovery.

Around 3.8 million voters are eligible to cast ballots from 7 am to 7 pm (0500-1700 GMT). Exit polls are expected shortly after voting ends and first results within a few hours.

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