Croatian Chamber of Counties election, 1993
63 out 68 seats to the Chamber of Counties
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". 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.
|Croatian Democratic Union||1,013,365||45.5||37|
|Croatian Social Liberal Party||486,210||21.8||16|
|Croatian Peasant Party||258,953||11.6||5|
|Istrian Democratic Assembly||76,273||3.4||3|
|Party of Democratic Changes||41,955||1.9||1|
|Croatian Christian Democratic Union||27,584||1.2||0|
|Social Democratic Union||17,413||0.8||0|
|Croatian People's Party||15,363||0.7||1|
|Sources: Nohlen & Stöver, Official results|
Graphic distribution of seats in the 1st Chamber of Counties (1993-1997)
- Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p410 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
- Nohlen & Stöver, p419
- "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.