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April 17, 2024 Held

Croatia

Republic of Croatia

Election for Hrvatski Sabor (Croatian Assembly)


General Information

At Stake in this Election:

  • All 151 seats in the Croatian Assembly

Government Structure:

  • Chief of State: President Zoran MILANOVIĆ (since 18 February 2020)
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Andrej PLENKOVIĆ (since 19 October 2016)
  • Assembly: unicameral Assembly (Hrvatski Sabor) with 151 seats

Electoral System:

  • The President is directly elected by absolute majority popular vote in two-rounds if necessary. The Presidents may serve up to two 5-year terms.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Assembly. The Prime Minister is typically the leader of the majority party or coalition.
  • In the Assembly, 140 members are directly elected in multi-seat constituencies. An additional 3 members are elected in a single constituency representing the Croatian diaspora. The other 8 members are elected by simple majority vote from a national constituency by voters who belong to recognized minority groups: Serbs (3), Hungarians (1), Italians (1), Czechs/Slovaks (1), other minorities (1). All 151 members serve 4-year terms.

Last Election:

In the 2020 legislative election, a coalition led by the Croatian Democratic Union won the largest share of seats (66). Seven additional coalitions and parties also won seats. Voter turnout was 46.44%.

Information for Voters:

Citizens in Politics / Građani u političkom životu (available in English and Croatian).

New/Unique in this Election:

On 14 March 2024, the Assembly voted unanimously to dissolve, prompting a snap election. The presidential election European Union parliamentary elections will also take place this year, but not concurrently.

Key Deadlines:

Main Parties in this Election:

  • Croatian Democratic Union / Hrvatska demokratska zajednica (HDZ)
    • Leader: Andrej PLENKOVIĆ
    • Seats won in the last election: 61 seats out of 151
  • Social Democratic Party of Croatia / Socijaldemokratska partija Hrvatske (SDP)
    • Leader: Peđa GRBIN
    • Seats won in the last election: 34 seats out of 151
  • Social Democrats / Socijaldemokrati (SD)
    • Leader: Davorko VIDOVIĆ
    • Seats won in the last election: N/A (split from SDP in 2021)
  • Homeland Movement / Domovinski pokret (DP)
    • Leader: Ivan PENAVA
    • Seats won in the last election: 11 seats out of 151
  • The Bridge / Most (MOST)
    • Leader: Božo PETROV
    • Seats won in the last election: 8 seats out of 151

Population and Registered Voters:

Gender Data:

Disability Data:

  • CRPD Status: Signed 30 March 2007, Ratified 15 August 2007
  • Projected population with a disability: 616,896 (2022 estimate)

IFES Resources:

  • Does IFES have a presence in Croatia: No
  • Election Access: Yes
  • Election Judgements: Yes, 8 resources
Election Modified: Apr 17, 2024

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