Croatian Chamber of Counties election, 1993

Croatian Chamber of Counties election, 1993
7 February 1993

63 out 68 seats to the Chamber of Counties
Turnout 64.3%
  First party Second party
Leader Franjo Tuđman Dražen Budiša
Seats won 37 16
Popular vote 1,013,365 486,210
Percentage 45.49% 21.83%

Elected Speaker

Josip Manolić

Chamber of Counties election were held for the first time in Croatia on 7 February 1993.[1] The result was a victory for the Croatian Democratic Union, which won 37 of the 63 elected seats.


Under the new constitution adopted in 1990, the Croatian Parliament was bicameral. The lower house had been elected in 1992 and its representatives had passed laws creating new territorial organisations of Croatia. This included counties that were to be represented by the upper house – the Chamber of Counties.

Each county elected three members, while the President had the right to appoint five members, known as "Virils".[2] The electoral law made each county a district that was to elect three representatives on the basis of proportional representation.

In practice, the use of proportional representation in such small districts led to a single party – the Croatian Democratic Union – being grossly overrepresented because sometimes even with less than third of the votes guaranteed two of the three seats.

The elections were marked by an uncharacteristically intense campaign directed towards single region – Istria. Government of Franjo Tuđman has invested great effort to defeat the Istrian Democratic Assembly, concerned about party's good result during 1992 elections. This effort backfired, resulting in record vote for the IDS.


Party Votes % Seats
Croatian Democratic Union1,013,36545.537
Croatian Social Liberal Party486,21021.816
Croatian Peasant Party258,95311.65
Istrian Democratic Assembly76,2733.43
Party of Democratic Changes41,9551.91
Croatian Christian Democratic Union27,5841.20
Dalmatian Action26,3031.20
Social Democratic Union17,4130.80
Croatian People's Party15,3630.71
Other parties64,3512.90
Appointed members5
Invalid/blank votes76,019
Registered voters3,580,39664.3
Sources: Nohlen & Stöver, Official results[3]


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p410 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p419
  3. "Izvješće o provedenim izborima za zastupnike u Županijski dom Sabora Republike Hrvatske" (PDF) (in Croatian). State Election Commission of the Republic of Croatia. February 1993. Retrieved 2011-11-28.
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