The Constitutional Court in Croatia has ruled that there will be no referendum because the initiators were nearly 20,000 signatures short of what was required. U ime obitelji, led by Željka Markić, were seeking to change the way Members of Parliament are voted in, and wanted to introduce a ‘preferential voting system’ where party lists have less influence on the candidates elected. The system is one used in a number of European countries such as Austria, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Slovakia, and Belgium.
In its ruling the court said that the organisation were required to gather 405,000 signatures (10% of registered voters with an address in Croatia). The organisation submitted 386,649 signatures.