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The winner of Croatia's presidential election, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic garnered 50.74% of the vote, that is 1,114,945 ballots, while the incumbent president Ivo Josipovic won 49.26% (1,082,436 ballots), the State Electoral Commission (DIP) reported on Monday after a repeated vote at a polling station in Karlovac on Sunday.
Sunday's presidential runoff in Croatia was marked by a high turnout as well as by a very high number of invalid ballots which analysts interpret as a statement by part of the electorate that they do not support either of the two political options offered.
The winner of Croatia's presidential election on Sunday, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, has won 50.74% of the vote, while outgoing President Ivo Josipovic has won 49.26%, according to the results from 99.98% of polling stations, the State Election Commission said on Monday.
The State Electoral Commission (DIP) on Tuesday stated officially that the second round of presidential elections would be held on Sunday, January 11, and that competing against one another would be the two candidates who had won the most votes in the first round on December 28 - Ivo Josipovic of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ).
Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and his challenger Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), who will compete in the presidential runoff set for 11 January, can raise donations for their campaigns until 9 January, the State Electoral Commission (DIP) recalls.