Croatia to hold general elections Wednesday

Croatia to hold general elections Wednesday
# 16 April 2024 20:22 (UTC +04:00)

Croatia, the newest member of the EU, will hold general elections Wednesday for new members of the 151-seat National Assembly, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

Polling stations will open between 7 a.m. -7 p.m. local time for 3,733,283 registered voters and 222,197 voters living abroad.

Voting began Tuesday for those outside the country and will continue until 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

The State Election Commission said 2,302 candidates will compete for seats in parliament with 42% of the candidates being women.

The unofficial first election results will be announced around midnight Wednesday.

The ruling center-right party, the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), is the favorite to pick up the most seats, according to surveys.

President Zoran Milanovic is among the candidates of the "Rivers of Justice" alliance, despite the Constitutional Court's ruling that "his candidacy is not appropriate unless he resigns from his post as President."

Milanovic, whose candidacy in the general elections caused controversy, said he would resign if he is elected to parliament.