ZAGREB, February 1, 2018 – Croatia’s State Electoral Commission (DIP) on Thursday joined in marking Global Elections Day, which is observed on the first Thursday in February every year. In this way, Croatia’s DIP joined in the activities which the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO) holds to observe that day.
ACEEEO “has been promoting the institutionalization and professionalization of democratic procedures in the regions, as a non-profit, regional organisation, which is independent of political parties and governments with a legal standing based on international law,” according to the information published on the web site of that association.
DIP says in its press release that in 2018 there will be no ordinary elections in Croatia, however, in 2019, Croatia is to hold a presidential election, an election for the European Parliament and elections for representatives to the councils of ethnic minorities in municipalities, towns, cities and counties.
The scope of activities of the Commission, a permanent and independent state body, can be divided into jurisdiction in the field of elections and jurisdiction in the field of supervision of the financing of political parties and political activists.
“The Commission has permanent Expert Service that has eleven staff members at the moment – Secretary, Deputy Secretary, two Advisors to the President for Legal Matters, two Advisors to the President for Finances, three Senior Advisors – Advisors to the Commissions and two Administrative Secretaries to the President of the Commission. Within the Expert Service, there is a Financial Department that is in charge for supervision of political activities and electoral campaign financing,” according to the information available on the DIP web site.