Parliamentary Committee (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL) Parliamentary Committee (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

The "People Decide" and "Truth about Istanbul" civil initiatives both say they submitted well over the minimum required signatures needed to force their respective referendums, and have accused government of a slew of irregularities, including opting to have a private company and not the state electoral commission count and verify the signature collected in their petition drives.

For its part, the government of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković says the process was transparent and that roughly 40 thousand signatures for each petition drive, were invalid, meaning roughly one in every ten signatures.

The two referendums were to deal with sweeping changes to the election law and the rescinding of the Istanbul Convention. Both initiatives have said that they will now take the issue before the Supreme Court of Croatia, and if need be to the European Court of Human Rights.

Source: HRT