The opposition MOST party on Friday urged the government to start drafting new rules to ensure postal and electronic voting for the upcoming European Parliament elections and for the next national, presidential and local elections. The proposal was prompted by a European Union regulation recommending that the member states introduce electronic, postal and other forms of voting so that as many people would turn out for the vote and increase the legitimacy of elections.
“This is the first time that the EU has recommended in a legislative act that all member states include in their national legislative frameworks a possibility of postal and electronic voting,” MOST MP Robert Podolnjak told a press conference in the Croatian Parliament.
“This is very important because from elections to elections the EU is seeing a decreasing voter turnout. Today the turnout is considerably below 50 percent, which questions the legitimacy of the European Parliament,” he added.