According to the State Election Commission five of the 55 parties, coalitions and independent candidates running in the recent parliamentary elections failed to submit the required comprehensive report on the financing of their election campaign within the prescribed deadline.
The deadline expired at midnight on Tuesday. According to a report presented on Wednesday by the State Election Commission the Croatian Party of the Future, the independent lists of Damir Grunbaum and Dino Debeljuh, and two candidates from the minority constituency, Bari Ahmedi and Robert Bosak, did not submit their reports the commission. Among its many roles, the commission is also tasked with monitoring campaign funding.
The fine for failing to submit a financial report is between 10 000 to 100 000 Kuna for political parties, and 2 000 to 20 000 Kuna for independent candidates. The complete list of submitted financial statements will be published on the commission's website as of Thursday, August 6th.
On Tuesday, the HDZ, which won the election, made public its campaign financial statement, revealing that it had spent 15.8 million Kuna on advertising. With a legal maximum of 1.5 million Kuna per each of the 11 electoral units, the HDZ came in at slightly less than the maximum of 16.5 million Kuna.
Part of the election costs will be covered by the party through the funding each party and independent receives per seat in parliament, which stands at 135 thousand Kuna per mandate. With the HDZ winning 66 seats in parliament, the party should receive 8.9 million Kuna.
However, before any political party or independent receives the funds, the commission will have to conduct an inspection of the financing of the election campaign in detail and present its findings to parliament before September 14th.
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