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Elections for the eighth Croatian parliament will be repeated at seven polling stations next Sunday, and only after that will the complete results of the November 8 ballot be published, State Electoral Commission chairman Branko Hrvatin said at a press conference on Monday.

Because of a surplus of ballots, voting will be repeated at one polling station each in Osijek, Pakrac and Slunj and at two polling stations each in Sibenik and Zadar, where a total of 2,903 voters are registered, Hrvatin said.

Since the number of voters on the rosters there is low, ballots in the repeated vote will be counted already on Sunday evening, after which the final results of the November 8 ballot will be published, Hrvatin said.

Returns from 99.9 per cent of polling stations were counted by noon on Monday, showing that none of the parties or coalitions won enough seats (76) to form a government on their own.

The Patriotic Coalition led by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) is a relative election winner, securing 59 seats in the 151-seat parliament. The second strongest is the Social Democratic Party's (SDP) Croatia Is Growing coalition with 56 seats. The surprise of this election was an alliance of independent candidates called the Bridge, who won 19 seats. The Istrian Democratic Party (IDS) won three seats, the Croatian Party of Slavonia and Baranja and the Milan Bandic party each captured two seats, while the Successful Croatia coalition and the Human Shield each won one seat.

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