Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL) Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL)

The decision on when Croatian citizens will take to the polls to choose a president for the next five years was adopted at today's government cabinet session and announced by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.

“The first round of presidential elections will be held on December 22nd, meaning now signature gathering begins, followed by a decision from the State Election Commission and then the campaign, which will last about 15 days until midnight on December 20th,” said Plenković.

All those that want to run for the position of Croatian President have 12 days to gather at least 10 000 signatures. After that, within a period of 48 hours, the state election commission will publish a list of valid candidates.

The election campaign will last 16 days. If on December 22nd, no candidate wins a majority, or more than 50 percent of the vote, a second round will be held on January 5th, in which the two candidates that won the most votes will be running.

Source: HRT