News 12 Apr 13

Croats to Elect First MEPs on Sunday

Croats will elect their first 12 Members of the European Parliament on Sunday, ahead of Croatia's likely accession to the EU on July 1.

Boris Pavelic
Zagreb

In the first European elections in Croatia, 28 lists have been put forward, 27 of which are party lists and one of which consists of independents.

According to the Promocija Plus agency poll, published this week, the joint list of the ruling Social Democrats and Liberals is likely to do best and elect six MEPs.

The list of the main opposition Croatian Democratic Union is predicted to elect five MEPs. The newly established left-wing Labour Party may win one seat. Other lists are not likely to cross the 5-per-cent threshold needed to win a European seat.

The poll showed that about 50 per cent of the voters are likely to vote. If that happens, it would be a higher than average turnout for the European elections, in which about 43 per cent normally turn out at EU level.

The MEPs elected on Sunday will hold their seats until regular European parliamentary elections next spring, when new Croatian MEPs will be elected, as in the rest of the EU.

Politicians urged voters to go to the polling stations and elect their representatives. President Ivo Josipovic earlier described the European elections as crucial.

"Our citizens will be electing representatives for the first time to the European Parliament. Those elections have great symbolical importance," he said.

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