20:38 / 15.05.2021.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Election silence underway

(Photo: Zoran Grizelj/PIXSELL)

(Photo: Zoran Grizelj/PIXSELL)

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Election silence began at midnight on Saturday ahead of Sunday's local polls at which 3.660 million voters are eligible to elect authorities in 576 units of local government.

Election silence is in force until 7pm on Sunday when polling stations close. During this time it is prohibited to publicly present platforms, persuade voters to vote for a slate or candidate, or publish estimates or unofficial election results.

The State Electoral Commission has called on all participants in the elections as well as physical and legal entities and media to respect election silence.

"What ask individuals and especially candidates and their representatives to not send text messages, emails, or place fliers in mailboxes or on cars. In actuality, these agressive campaigning methods in the lead up to elections are not only counterproductive, but are also in violation of local elections laws," said Slaven Hojski from the State Electoral Commission.

Fines for breaching it range from 3,000 kuna for physical persons, i.e. any citizen, to 500,000 kuna for legal persons, a political party for example. Candidates who breach election silence may be fined 10,000-30,000 kuna.

Source: HRT

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