The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) can already claim victory in four towns and 44 municipalities, as shown by the data on mayoral nominations available on the Electoral Commission’s website.
This was also noted by the HDZ leader, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, on Monday. “At this point the HDZ has already won in 48 local government units, which speaks of the strength of the HDZ candidates and the strength of the party,” he said.
The ruling party has thus already secured mayoral posts in four towns – Pakrac, Skradin, Nin and Hrvatska Kostajnica. The majority of municipalities where the HDZ candidates are running unopposed are located in eastern Osijek-Baranja County.
In addition to the HDZ, some other parties have also already notched victories.
The Istrian Democratic Party (IDS) has sole candidates in two municipalities, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Croatian People’s Party (HNS) each have one such candidate and candidates of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) will face no opposition in three municipalities.
In the southern municipality of Muć, the present long-serving mayor, who is running as an independent, is also the sole candidate.
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