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LAW ON LISTS OF VOTERS

Chapter I

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1

This law regulates the manner and procedure of keeping lists of voters.

Lists of voters are kept as records of citizens of Croatia who have the right to vote.

Article 2

Citizens of Croatia obtain the right to vote on the basis of being registered on the list of voters.

Article 3

Lists of voters are public books.

Article 4

A list of voters is kept for the territory of each municipality.

For citizens of Croatia who do not have residence in the Republic of Croatia, the list of voters is kept in the city of Zagreb.

For citizens of Croatia with temporary residence abroad and those citizens who are not in the country at the time of the elections for the Sabor of the Republic of Croatia and the president of the Republic of Croatia, a list of voters shall be compiled in diplomatic-consular missions and foreign offices of the Republic of Croatia abroad.

Chapter II

LIST OF VOTERS

1. Keeping the list of voters

Article 5

The list of voters is singular and permanent.

Article 6

The list of voters includes citizens of Croatia 18 years of age and older except those who by a valid court ruling are declared completely incapable of work.

Article 7

Citizens of Croatia with the right to vote are registered in the list of voters in their place of residence in the Republic of Croatia.

Article 8

Citizen of Croatia can be registered in the list of voters of only one municipality.

Article 9

The list of voters has the following sections: ordinal number, last and first name, nationality, personal identification number, sex, date of birth, place of residence(street and number, village, hamlet, settlement) and remarks.

A register is kept along with the list of voters in which the voters are registered alphabetically by their surnames. The register can be kept separately and with every volume of the list of voters.

The register has the following sections: ordinal number, last and fist name, nationality, place of residence and ordinal number of the list of voters i. e. volume of the list of voters.

All changes that are made to the list of voters i. e volume of the list of voters are also made in the corresponding sections of the register.

The register can also be kept in the form of card-file.

Article 10

On the basis of the decision of the municipal assembly the list of voters can be kept by automatic data processing or as a card-file.

Provisions of this law related to the manner and procedure of keeping the list of voters are applied to the lists of voters kept by automatic data processing.

In the cases when the list of voters is kept as a card-file there is a separate card for every citizen.

Regarding the content of individual cards and the manner of keeping the card-file, the provisions of this law are applicable.

Article 11

The list of voters is kept by the municipal administrative body in charge of general administrative duties (hereafter: authorised body).

Article 12

The list of voters is made as a single copy and is kept in volumes in the areas stipulated by the municipal assembly.

If the areas encompasses several settlements, a separate volume of the list of voters can be kept for each settlement.

The municipal assembly may stipulate that a special volume of the list of voters not be kept for settlements or parts of settlements in the area of municipality for less than 100 inhabitants, but that the citizens from such settlements or parts of settlements be registered in the volume of the list of voters kept for a closest settlement in the area of municipality.

The municipal assembly may stipulate that for the area of a city or a larger settlement a special volume of the list of voters be kept for certain parts of the city or settlement (blocks, streets, etc.) according to the polling station.

The special volumes of the list of voters for all the settlements in the area of an individual municipality constitutes a singular list of voters for that municipality.

Remark: Refer to Article 38 of the Law on Stipulating Tasks within the Self-Administrative Jurisdiction of the Units of Local Self-Administration and Administration (Nar. nov. 75/93) which determines that the duties mentioned in par. 1 and 3 of Article 12 of the Law on Lists of Voters are performed by the municipal or city council.

Article 13

The list of voters mentioned in Article 4, par. 2 of this law is kept in volumes divided by states in which Croatian citizens have residence abroad.

Article 14

Croatian citizens who are in the service of the armed forces or in military service and members of the maritime and fluvial crew of the Croatian Merchant Marines are registered in the list of voters in their place of residence.

The information on citizens of Croatia with the right to vote according to par. 1 of this article must be forwarded to the authorised body for the list of voters.

The authorised body for the list of voters shall forward the section of the list of voters for persons from par 1 of this article to the authorised election commission for the purpose of the timely submission of election material.

The list of voters shall also include the citizens of Croatia with temporary residence abroad who have the right to vote. These citizens are registered on the list of voters according to their residence in the Republic of Croatia prior to their departure from the country.

2. Manner of registering on the list of voters

Article 15

The registration on the list of voters is conducted on the basis of information from records of Croatian citizenship and residence, other public documents or other credible proof.

Article 16

The registrar's office is obligated to submit to the authorised body keeping the list of voters a report about persons from the area of the municipality who according to information in the registrar's books are 18 years of age or over, as well as a report on deceased persons over the age of 18.

Police departments or police stations which keep records on residence are obligated to forward to the authorised body keeping the list of voters information about registered persons 18 years of age and over as well as information on the registration and termination of residence of persons 18 years of age and over.

The municipal court is obligated to forward a valid court ruling declaring a person incapable of work to the authorised body keeping the list of voters for the municipality of the place of residence of such person.

Article 17

The authorised body keeping the list of voters is obligated to immediately make the addition or deletion from the list of voters pursuant to the act of the body from Article 16 of this law.

The authorised body keeping the list of voters shall add the persons from Article 16, par. 2 of this law at their request as well. Simultaneous to making addition to the list of voters, the municipal administrative body shall inform the authorised administrative body of the former place of residence for the purpose of making appropriate deletion from the list of voters.

If the authorised body keeping the list of voters in another manner confirms without a doubt that the list of voters includes deceased persons or persons who moved out of the area of municipality, it shall issue a decision regarding deleting them from the list of voters. The decision on deleting from the list of voters persons who have permanently moved out of the area of the municipality shall be forwarded to those persons if their address is known, and if the address is unknown - as well as for deceased persons - the decision shall be revealed on the bulletin board of the authorised body in the place of residence of those persons' last place of residence.

Article 18

Corrections and additions to the list of voters are performed immediately after the information for correction or addition is received.

Article 19

The deletion of certain persons from the list of voters is made in such a way that the name and surname are crossed off the list of voters and the number of the act pursuant to which the deletion is made is indicated in the remarks column.

3. The list of voters for voting in diplomatic-consular missions and foreign offices of the Republic of Croatia

Article 20

For the purpose of voting at the elections for the Sabor of the Republic of Croatia and the president of the Republic of Croatia in diplomatic-consular missions and foreign offices of the Republic of Croatia a list of voters for voting shall be compiled (hereafter: list for voting).

The list for voting from the previous paragraph shall include citizens of Croatia who did not have residence in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of the section of the list of voters from Article 4, par. 2 of this law.

The list for voting from par. 1 of this article shall also include citizens of Croatia with residence in the Republic of Croatia who at the time of elections are temporarily residing abroad or are abroad at the time of the elections and wish to exercise their right to vote out of country.

Citizens of Croatia from par. 3 of this article who will not vote in the country at the time of the elections shall be registered on the list for voting at their personal request on the basis of proof of Croatian citizenship and the right to vote (citizenship certificate, passport, personal identification card).

Article 21

The lists for voting pursuant to which voting shall take place in diplomatic-consular missions and foreign offices of the Republic of Croatia on election day shall be concluded and verified with the signature of the authorised representative of the mission or office.

4. Corrections, additions and finalising the list of voters after elections are called

Article 22

Immediately after elections are called, and at the latest within three days, the authorised body shall inform the citizens that they may examine the list of voters and request corrections.

When elections are called the municipal assembly must stipulate that the authorised body for keeping the list of voters verifies whether the list of voters includes all citizens 18 years of age and over who have residence in the area of municipality and whether the names of deceased persons or persons over the age of 18 who terminated their residence are deleted from the list of voters.

Remark: Refer to Article 38 of the Law on Stipulating Tasks within the Self-Administrative Jurisdiction of the Units of Local Self-Administration and Administration (Nar. nov. 75/93) which determines that the duties mentioned in par. 2 of Article 22 of the Law on Lists of Voters are performed by the municipal or city council.

Article 23

Every citizen has the right to examine the list of voters and request additions or corrections be made.

A citizen may submit a request for registration, addition or correction if he/she or some other citizen is not registered on the list of voters, or if the list includes a person without the right to vote or without residence in the area of that municipality, or if the person is deceased, or if the person's name or the name of some other person is incorrectly registered.

A request for registration, addition or correction to the list of voters may be submitted at the latest 14 days prior to the day stipulated for holding the elections.

Verbal or written requests for registration, addition or correction to the list of voters are submitted to the authorised body keeping the list of voters. If the request is made verbally, the authorised body shall make an official report.

If the authorised body deems that the request is well founded, the registration, addition or correction shall be made to the list of voters.

Article 24

The authorised body shall finalise the list of voters and forward it for confirmation to the commission for the list of voters at the latest 8 days prior to the day designated for holding the elections.

The list of voters is finalised such that on the last page of the each volume of the list of voters the following is indicated: the number of pages of each volume i.e. list of voters, the number of registered voters indicated with a number and letters, and the date of finalising the volume i.e. list of voters.

The list of voters kept as a card-file is finalised such that the authorised body determines the following with a special decision: for which settlements special card-files are kept and the total number of cards for each of these settlements, i.e. the total number of cards in the card-files kept for the whole territory of the municipality, the number of these cards crossed out, as well as the date of finalising the card-file list of voters.

The finalised list of voters, together with the decision determining the number of volumes constituting that list, i.e. special decision on finalising the list of voters kept as a card-file, shall be signed by the head of the authorised body keeping that list and validated by the stamp of that body.

Article 25

The list of voters upon finalisation shall be forwarded for confirmation to the commission for the list of voters of the municipal assembly. In addition to the list of voters, the commission shall also be forwarded requests from citizens for registration on the list of voters, or for additions or corrections which the authorised body did not accept.

If the list of voters is kept as a card-file, the commission for the list of voters shall only be forwarded the decisions of authorised municipal administrative body on the finalisation of the list of voters and the requests of citizens which were not accepted, with explanations why these requests were not accepted.

Article 26

The authorised body is obligated to store the list of voters for at least five years beginning from the day the list of voters is confirmed.

The authorised body is obligated to forward extracts from the finalised and confirmed list of voters to municipal election commission at the latest 24 hours prior to the time designated for opening the polling station on election day.

5. Commission for the list of voters

Article 27

The commission for the list of voters shall be established by the municipal assembly.

The commission for the list of voters of the municipal assembly is comprised of a president and two members. Deputies shall be appointed to the president and members of the commission. The president, members and their deputies shall be appointed by the municipal assembly. The president of the commission and deputy president shall be appointed from amongst the members of the municipal assembly, while the members and their deputies may be appointed from amongst citizens.

The commission for the list of voters of the municipal assembly confirms the regularity of the list of voters, makes decisions about the requests of citizens for registration, additions, or corrections to the list of voters which were not accepted by the authorised municipal administrative body which keeps that list and confirms the list of voters.

Remark: Refer to Article 38 of the Law on Stipulating Tasks within the Self-Administrative Jurisdiction of the Units of Local Self-Administration and Administration (Nar. nov. 75/93) which determines that the duties mentioned in par. 1 and 2 of Article 27 of the Law on Lists of Voters are performed by municipal or city council.

Article 28

When the commission for the list of voters of the municipal assembly determines that the list of voters was properly compiled, it shall immediately confirm it with the signature of the president and members of the commission and the stamp of the municipal assembly and returns the confirmed list to the authorised administrative body with the remaining material.

If the commission establishes that the list of voters is not correctly compiled it will return it immediately to the authorised body in order to make necessary additions or corrections within three days from the day of their reception.

If the list of voters is kept as a card-file, the commission for the list of voters of the municipal assembly confirms decision of the authorised body on finalisation of the list of voters by the signature of the president, members of the commission and the stamp of municipal assembly and returns that decision with other material to this administrative body.

Article 29

The commission for the list of voters of the municipal assembly will reach the decision about every non-adopted request for registration in the list of voters, addition or correction to this list, within three days from the day of receiving the request. The decision is forwarded to the submitter of the request.

A complaint against the decision of the commission can be submitted to the authorised municipal court within two days from the day of receiving the decision. The municipal court is obligated to reach a decision in non-litigative proceedings within 48 days from the day of receiving the complaint.

An appeal against the decision of the municipal court is not allowed.

On the basis of the decision on the complaint reached by the municipal court, the registration in the list of voters and the section of the list of voters will be performed by the day designated for holding the elections.

6. Temporary registration on the list of voters out of the place of residence

Article 30

Croatian citizens who have already registered on the list of voters, and who assume that on the day of the elections they will be out of the area of the municipality where they have residence (students, persons working out of their place of residence and similar), will, at their own request, temporarily register on the list of voters of the municipality they find themselves in.

Temporary registration on the list of voters out of the place of residence will be performed on the basis of a certificate of the registration on the list of voters, which contains data that the person is registered on the list of voters, and the location in which the person will temporarily register on the list of voters (the location where the person will vote on election day). The certificate is kept by an administrative body performing temporary registration on the list of voters.

The certificate from the previous paragraph is issued by the municipal administrative body, with which the person is registered on the list of voters.

At the same time as the issuance of the certificate from paragraph 2 of this Article, the administrative body will make an official note that the person who has been issued a certificate will, because of the voting, be temporarily registered on the list of voters of a certain location out of the area of the municipality in which the person has residence.

After the elections are conducted, the authorised body will, in accordance with official duty, delete official notes from paragraph 4 of this Article, as well as the temporary registration from paragraph 2 of this Article.

The temporary registration, i.e. deletion of the official note from the list of voters can be performed until the finalisation of the list of voters.

7. Voting with a certificate

Article 31

Croatian citizens who have the right to vote and are not registered in the sections of the finalised and verified list of voters forwarded to the polling stations, can prove their right to vote on the day of elections with a certificate from an authorised body (voting certificate).

The voting certificate includes data from the list of voters, and the confirmation that the person is registered on the list of voters for the respective polling station.

The voting certificates in the election material are an integral part of the sections from the list of voters for the respective polling station.

Chapter III

TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 32

Croatian citizens with the status of displaced persons will temporarily register on the list of voters in their place of temporary residence, in order to be able to vote for the Sabor of the Republic of Croatia and the president of the Republic of Croatia at the time of elections.

The registration on the list of voters is performed by the authorised body for the list of voters in accordance with the provisions of this Law on registration on the list of voters and proof of the status of displaced persons (DPs).

The registration is performed ex officio on the basis of the data of the authorised social welfare centres about the persons with the status of DPs, at the time of elections or at one's personal request.

The social welfare centres will inform the authorised bodies for lists of voters about all changes in the registration of persons with the status of DPs who have the right to vote.

Article 33

Fees do not have to be paid for all activities and acts, as well as petitions and proofs connected with the registration on the list of voters, as well as additions and corrections to the list of voters.

Article 34

Supervision of the implementation of this Law is performed by the Ministry of Justice and Administration.

Article 35

The Law on the Lists of Voters (Narodne novine, No. 6/74) is not valid beginning on the day this Law enters into effect.

Article 36

This Law enters into effect eight days after it is published in Narodne novine.

Remark: The Law on List of Voters is published in "Narodne novine" no. 19/92 of April 2, 1992 and entered into effect on April 10, 1992. The Law on Stipulating Tasks within the Self-Administrative Jurisdiction of the Units of Local Self-Administration and Administration (Nar. nov. 75/93) which determines that the duties mentioned in par. 1 and 3 of Article 12, par. 2 of Article 22 and par. 1 and 2 of Article 27 of the Law on Lists of Voters are performed by municipal or city council.