In order to invalidate to the largest extent possible the rule that elections are won with „one third above and two thirds below the table“, GONG is appealing to the Government and the Parliament that, before their dissolution, they pass a long awaited and improved Act on Referenda, and to make the most of the last opportunity before the elections to incorporate better ways to increase transparency of election and referendum campaigns.
The parliamentary committee for the Constitution on Tuesday proposed that parliament appoint two constitutional court judges from three short-listed applicants out of 11 who had applied - a constitutional law professor, Sanja Baric, Judge Ivana Calic and former state prosecutor Mladen Bajic.
Prohibiting civil society organizations from financing referendum campaigns is almost tantamount to prohibiting parties from financing their own election campaigns, considering the fact that referenda are one of the main forms of citizens’ activism and direct decision-making. At the same, time, political parties are enabled to “buy” parliamentary representatives.
The parliamentary committee on the Constitution on Friday decided on the allocation of funds for the financing of parliamentary parties and independent MPs who will receive HRK 5 million more in 2015 than this year.
Efforts are being made to impose adequate sanctions to the parties that have violated regulations, and to give the issue of party funding the proper place in public legal and political sphere.