[ELECTIONS 2003] Turnout Higher Than Expected?
According to State Electoral Commission, until 11:00 CET there were 552,627 voters out of 3,578,715 registered has cast their votes. This is 21,19 %, which is somewhat lower than 24,08 % reported at the same time during last elections. It seems that the turnout is going to be higher than expected, which could be very good news for Ivica Račan (Ivica Racan). HDZ strategy was based on low turnout and disenchanted Račan's supporter staying home. Polls and predictions indicating tight race might have played much bigger role than expected – they could have energised the voters who were supposed to be discouraged by spiritless campaign.