Croatian presidential election, 2000

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Croatian presidential election, 2000
Croatia
← 1997 24 January and 7 February 2000 2005 →
Turnout 62.98% (first round)
60.88% (second round)
  StipeMesic1.jpg Pd croatian drazen budisa 9Feb02 932.jpg
Nominee Stjepan Mesić Dražen Budiša
Party HNS HSLS
Popular vote 1,433,372 1,125,969
Percentage 56.01% 43.99%

Croatia 2005 results runoff (1).PNG
Results of the second round in all of Croatia's counties: the candidate with the majority of votes in each administrative division.
  Stjepan Mesić   Dražen Budiša

President before election

Zlatko Tomčić (Acting)
HSS

Elected President

Stjepan Mesić
HNS

Presidential elections were held in Croatia on 24 January 2000.[1] They were the third presidential elections since independence in 1991, and were also the first early presidential elections, as they were held due to the death of incumbent president Franjo Tuđman on 10 December 1999. They were the last elections to be held under the semi-presidential system of government, by which the President was the most powerful official in the government structure and could also appoint and dismiss the Prime Minister and his cabinet. Namely, constitutional changes adopted in November 2000 foresaw an incomplete parliamentary system, which retained the direct election of the president but greatly reduced his powers in favor of a stronger prime minister and cabinet of ministers.

As no candidate received the required majority (50%+1 vote of the valid votes cast) in the first round, a second round was held on 7 February (the first time a second round had been required in the country's history).[1] The result was a victory for Stjepan Mesić of the Croatian People's Party, who received 56,01% of the vote. Voter turnout was 62.98% in the first round and 60.88% in the second round.[2] The first round of the election exhibited a 449.000 vote increase in turnout in comparison with the previous election in 1997, while the second round exhibited a 370.000 vote increase in comparison with the 1997 election and a decrease of 88.000 votes when compared to the voter turnout in the first round in 2000.

Mesić was inaugurated for a five year term as the second president of Croatia on 18 February 2000 at Saint Mark's Square in front of the justices of the Constitutional court.

Results[edit]

Zlatko Tomčić, the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament and Acting President of Croatia before the election. His acting presidency ended on 18 February 2000.
Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Stjepan Mesić Croatian People's Party 1,100,671 41.11 1,433,372 56.01
Dražen Budiša Croatian Social Liberal Party 741,837 27.71 1,125,969 43.99
Mate Granić Croatian Democratic Union 601,588 22.47
Slaven Letica Independent 110,782 4.14
Anto Đapić Croatian Party of Rights 49,288 1.84
Ante Ledić Independent 22,875 0.85
Tomislav Merčep Croatian Popular Party 22,672 0.85
Ante Prkačin New Croatia 7,401 0.28
Zvonimir Šeparović Independent 7,235 0.27
Invalid/blank votes 13,212 29,779
Total 2,677,561 100 2,589,120 100
Registered voters/turnout 4,251,109 62.98 4,252,921 60.88
Source: Croatian State Election Committee[3][4]

First round results by county[edit]

County Electorate Total
votes
Turnout Mesić Budiša Granić Letica Đapić Ledić Merčep Prkačin Šeparović
Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes %
Bjelovar-Bilogora 115,464 81,756 70.81% 34,936 42.73% 23,746 29.04% 17,109 20.93% 2,024 2.48% 1,767 2.16% 425 0.52% 917 1.12% 217 0.27% 139 0.17%
Brod-Posavina 145,948 98,066 67.19% 42,782 43.63% 20,477 20.88% 26,389 26.91% 3,228 3.29% 2,205 2.25% 564 0.58% 1,265 1.29% 339 0.35% 228 0.23%
Dubrovnik-Neretva 106,738 71,714 67.19% 24,328 33.92% 19,437 27.10% 20,483 28.56% 3,988 5.56% 1,279 1.78% 663 0.92% 444 0.62% 227 0.32% 509 0.71%
Istria 181,971 129,491 71.16% 79,834 61.65% 30,016 23.18% 11,531 8.90% 5,001 3.86% 876 0.68% 640 0.49% 547 0.42% 249 0.19% 170 0.13%
Karlovac 133,419 86,521 64.85% 32,773 37.88% 22,201 25.66% 22,945 26.52% 3,282 3.79% 2,958 3.42% 522 0.60% 804 0.93% 256 0.30% 188 0.22%
Koprivnica-Križevci 104,394 76,386 73.17% 33,788 44.23% 23,571 30.86% 14,510 19.00% 1,975 2.59% 1,000 1.31% 360 0.47% 558 0.73% 178 0.23% 117 0.15%
Krapina-Zagorje 116,767 83,329 71.36% 44,343 53.21% 18,821 22.59% 15,373 18.45% 2,110 2.53% 655 0.79% 448 0.54% 698 0.84% 148 0.18% 175 0.21%
Lika-Senj 54,777 29,085 53.10% 11,711 40.26% 5,451 18.74% 9,170 31.53% 608 2.09% 1,222 4.20% 131 0.45% 469 1.61% 74 0.25% 49 0.17%
Međimurje 96,453 67,721 70.21% 26,808 39.59% 26,881 39.69% 10,002 14.77% 2,142 3.16% 468 0.69% 394 0.58% 336 0.50% 160 0.24% 152 0.22%
Osijek-Baranja 286,877 190,343 66.35% 84,912 44.61% 52,913 27.80% 37,152 19.52% 6,256 3.29% 4,253 2.23% 1,013 0.53% 1,854 0.97% 475 0.25% 506 0.27%
Požega-Slavonia 72,114 50,351 69.82% 24,414 48.49% 10,138 20.13% 11,659 23.16% 1,345 2.67% 996 1.98% 335 0.67% 938 1.86% 128 0.25% 110 0.22%
Primorje-Gorski Kotar 276,501 191,448 69.24% 76,281 39.84% 69,254 36.17% 29,467 15.39% 9,863 5.15% 2,537 1.33% 1,261 0.66% 1,092 0.57% 505 0.26% 428 0.22%
Sisak-Moslavina 166,038 103,513 62.34% 38,668 37.36% 27,380 26.45% 26,511 25.61% 3,241 3.13% 4,581 4.43% 594 0.57% 1,366 1.32% 321 0.31% 193 0.19%
Split-Dalmatia 382,290 254,740 66.64% 70,132 27.53% 79,078 31.04% 77,352 30.37% 15,935 6.26% 3,613 1.42% 4,206 1.65% 1,727 0.68% 748 0.29% 643 0.25%
Šibenik-Knin 104,033 60,227 57.89% 15,798 26.23% 19,417 32.24% 18,492 30.70% 3,383 5.62% 1,744 2.90% 432 0.72% 321 0.53% 103 0.17% 165 0.27%
Varaždin 151,498 113,131 74.67% 49,701 43.93% 36,219 32.02% 20,119 17.78% 3,337 2.95% 1,387 1.23% 569 0.50% 727 0.64% 207 0.18% 286 0.25%
Virovitica-Podravina 80,463 56,416 70.11% 29,382 52.08% 13,067 23.16% 9,769 17.32% 1,327 2.35% 1,615 2.86% 222 0.39% 462 0.82% 100 0.18% 97 0.17%
Vukovar-Syrmia 191,096 99,698 52.17% 35,925 36.03% 28,678 28.76% 25,369 25.45% 2,994 3.00% 2,458 2.47% 699 0.70% 2,328 2.34% 245 0.25% 306 0.31%
Zadar 146,812 85,605 58.31% 30,464 35.59% 23,042 26.92% 21,951 25.64% 6,161 7.20% 1,508 1.76% 744 0.87% 760 0.89 318 0.37% 189 0.22%
Zagreb County 252,221 187,806 74.46% 93,956 50.03% 42,743 22.76% 36,930 19.66% 6,866 3.66% 2,538 1.35% 1,528 0.81% 1,559 0.83% 553 0.29% 345 0.18%
City of Zagreb 688,910 485,053 70.41% 210,778 43.45% 140,702 29.01% 88,457 18.24% 24,911 5.14% 5,954 1.23% 6,618 1.36% 3,039 0.63% 1,738 0.36% 1,370 0.28%
Voting abroad 396,325 75,161 18.96% 8,957 11.92% 8,605 11.45% 50,848 67.65% 805 1.07% 3,674 4.89% 507 0.67% 461 0.61% 120 0.16% 862 1.15%
TOTAL 4,251,109 2,677,561 62.98% 1,100,671 41.11% 741,837 27.71% 601,588 22.47% 110,782 4.14% 49,288 1.84% 22,875 0.85% 22,672 0.85% 7,401 0.28% 7,235 0.27%
Source: State Election Committee[5]

Second round results by county[edit]

County Electorate Total
votes
Turnout Mesić Budiša
Votes % Votes %
Bjelovar-Bilogora 115,553 80,032 69.26% 48,751 61.57% 30,428 38.43%
Brod-Posavina 145,955 95,504 65.43% 44,928 68.22% 29,995 31.78%
Dubrovnik-Neretva 106,752 66,978 62.74% 34,266 52.30% 31,250 47.70%
Istria 182,085 126,155 69.28% 88,802 70.89% 36,467 29.11%
Karlovac 133,358 83,555 62.65% 49,363 59.98% 32,936 40.02%
Koprivnica-Križevci 104,398 74,941 71.78% 44,458 59.78% 29,911 40.22%
Krapina-Zagorje 116,795 82,395 70.55% 57,454 70.38% 24,183 29.62%
Lika-Senj 55,341 29,329 53.00% 20,331 70.53% 8,496 29.47%
Međimurje 96,515 66,654 69.06% 30,824 46.64% 35,261 53.36%
Osijek-Baranja 287,153 185,695 64.67% 112,066 60.91% 71,919 39.09%
Požega-Slavonia 72,169 49,371 68.41% 34,942 71.52% 13,914 28.48%
Primorje-Gorski Kotar 276,665 183,521 66.33% 89,167 49.08% 92,498 50.92%
Sisak-Moslavina 166,086 101,236 60.95% 58,081 58.14% 41,811 41.86%
Split-Dalmatia 382,509 242,414 63.37% 98,572 41.50% 138,951 58.50%
Šibenik-Knin 104,088 58,284 55.99% 22,548 39.33% 34,788 60.67%
Varaždin 151,508 109,924 72.55% 61,860 56.75% 47,141 43.25%
Virovitica-Podravina 80,495 55,620 69.10% 39,067 70.93% 16,011 29.07%
Vukovar-Syrmia 191,168 96,979 50.73% 57,117 59.58% 38,755 40.42%
Zadar 146,765 80,400 54.78% 42,929 54.22% 36,253 45.78%
Zagreb County 252,433 182,413 72.26% 115,843 61.41% 64,887 35.90%
City of Zagreb 691,102 467,610 67.66% 246,811 53.31% 216,145 46.69%
Voting abroad 394,028 70,110 17.79% 15,723 22.56% 53,969 77.44%
TOTAL 4,252,921 2,589,120 60.88% 1,433,372 56.01% 1,125,969 43.99%
Source: State Election Committee[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p410 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p420
  3. ^ "Complete official results of the elections for the Croatian President - Second round". Croatian State Election Committee. 
  4. ^ "Complete official results of the elections for the Croatian President - First round". Croatian State Election Committee. 
  5. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference SEC-results was invoked but never defined (see the help page).