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Croatian local elections, 2009

Croatian local elections, 2009

17 May and 31 May 2009

Party HDZ SDP Other
Coalition HDZ-HSS-HSLS SDP-HNS-HSU Other parties
County Prefects 13 6 2
County Councillors[1] 376 269 219
County Councillors by percentage 44% 31% 25%

Map of the results of the prefect elections in each county.

Map of the results of the council elections in each county. The relative winners:
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The 2009 Croatian local elections were held on 17 May, with the second round held on 31 May where necessary.

The elections were held to elect members of city councils, mayors, members of county councils and county prefects. These were the first elections in which mayors and county prefects were elected directly by popular vote, rather than by a majority coalition in the council. The new system allowed many independent politicians to run against big party nominees. Many cities elected independent mayors, most notable being Split, Croatia's second largest city and Kaštela. As a result many cities and counties elected opposite lists for mayoral and council elections causing a larger amount of cohabitation local governments.

Election results

The Croatian Democratic Union won the largest amount of cities and counties carrying ten prefect elections, thirteen in coalition, and fifteen council elections largely in coalition with the Croatian Peasant Party and the Croatian Social Liberal Party. The Social Democratic Party of Croatia won five prefect elections, seven in coalitions, and six council elections mostly in coalition with the Croatian People's Party - Liberal Democrats and the Istrian Democratic Assembly. The social democrats fared better in mayoral elections as well as in city council elections. They made considerable gains in Dalmatia winning certain traditionally HDZ leaning cities such as Dubrovnik, Šibenik and Trogir and also managed to win Vukovar, a city that was almost destroyed in the Croatian War of Independence and was since a HDZ stronghold. They also kept economically the most powerful parts of the country, Zagreb, Rijeka and, in coalition, Istria. HDZ lost Split and Osijek, the second and the fourth most populous cities in the country respectively, but held Zadar.

Results of Croatian local elections, 2009
County County council County prefect/Zagreb mayor
Plurality Turnout Prefect/Mayor Turnout Notes
Bjelovar-Bilogora HDZ (28.9%) 44.0% Miroslav Čačija, HSS (64.4%) 44.0% first round win
Brod-Posavina HDZ (32.2%) 47.8% Danijel Marušić, HDZ (50.9%) 36.2% runoff election
Dubrovnik-Neretva HDZ (46.7%) 55.4% Nikola Dobroslavić, HDZ (53.6%) 49.1% runoff election
Istria IDS (44.8%) 49.6% Ivan Jakovčić, IDS (59.6%) 38.2% runoff election
Karlovac HDZ (48.3%) 46.3% Ivan Vučić, HDZ (58.7%) 30.3% runoff election
Koprivnica-Križevci SDP (45.9%) 53.1% Darko Koren, HSS (51.2%) 53.1% first round win
Krapina-Zagorje SDP (46.3%) 52.7% Siniša Hajdaš Dončić, SDP (53.0%) 52.7% first round win
Lika-Senj HDZ (69.9%) 50.5% Milan Jurković, HDZ (68.5%) 50.5% first round win
Međimurje SDP (40.0%) 50.2% Ivan Perhoč, SDP (62.8%) 37.3% runoff election
Osijek-Baranja HDZ (34.7%) 49.2% Vladimir Šišljagić, HDSSB (54.1%) 38.7% runoff election
Požega-Slavonia HDZ (40.4%) 49.9% Marijan Aladrović, HDZ (53.0%) 43.7% runoff election
Primorje-Gorski Kotar SDP (52.3%) 44.1% Zlatko Komadina, SDP (60.5%) 44.1% first round win
Sisak-Moslavina HDZ (40.1%) 44.4% Marina Lovrić, SDP (50.9%) 44.4% first round win
Split-Dalmatia HDZ (31.7%) 49.3% Ante Sanader, HDZ (58.7%) 42.8% runoff election
Šibenik-Knin HDZ (35.6%) 46.8% Goran Pauk, HDZ (62.7%) 30.2% runoff election
Varaždin HNS (52.9%) 57.7% Predrag Štromar, HNS (51.6%) 57.7% first round win
Virovitica-Podravina HDZ (53.7%) 50.0% Tomislav Tolušić, HDZ (57.0%) 49.7% first round win
Vukovar-Syrmia HDZ (59.2%) 42.2% Božo Galić, HDZ (67.9%) 43.2% first round win
Zadar HDZ (63.3%) 44.8% Stipe Zrilić, HDZ (62.9%) 44.8% first round win
Zagreb County HDZ (42.3%) 45.8% Stjepan Kožić, HSS (51.1%) 45.8% first round win
City of Zagreb SDP (33.3%) 41.7% Milan Bandić, SDP (61.8%) 33.6% runoff election
Source: State Electoral Commission[2]
Notes: Council majority need not include the party winning plurality in the council. Party affiliations of the prefects and the Zagreb mayor may change during the term.


  1. ^ Results
  2. ^ "Arhiva izbora" [Elections Archive] (in Croatian). State Election Commission. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 

External links

  • Official web site of the 2009 local elections at the Croatian State Election Commission
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