Analysis: The Croatian Labourists performance in the European elections

To set the result in European election context, it took just 42,750 votes to obtain a member of the EP. This has been managed by few parties in very few countries in few European elections and the way the electoral system operated was helpful- with two particular pieces of luck. Of course, it was a low turnout election also.

Croatia Business Report

By John Pindar

While there has been attention given to the very close result between the HDZ and its allies and the SDP plus its allies, it may not have been noted that the Croatian Labourists – Labour Party took one seat of the allotted 12 in a situation where it was unlikely to win a seat with the actual percentage of the vote it obtained (5.77 percent).

To set the result in European election context, it took just 42,750 votes to obtain a member of the EP. This has been managed by few parties in very few countries in few European elections and the way the electoral system operated was helpful- with two particular pieces of luck. Of course, it was a low turnout election also.

Croatia uses the D’Hondt system, a proportional representation method which allocates seats by repeated mathematical division. In theory there is a five percent…

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