On April 15th, by Government’s decree, elections for members of representative bodies of local and regional units of self-government were announced as well as elections for municipal mayors, mayors, county mayors and the Mayor of The City of Zagreb. Elections were held on Sunday, May 17th 2009, the second round and re-run elections were held on May 31st 2009, while the third round, as well as the second round and re-run elections were held on June 14th 2009.
Transparency International Croatia (TIH) and the GONG NGO said on Thursday there was still no real political will in Croatia to combat corruption, and that since nearly all political parties and election candidates failed to issue early financial reports, the May 17 local elections could not be given a passing grade.
The non-governmental election monitoring organisation GONG reported a large number of violations of the electioneering ban by political parties and independent candidates during local elections in Croatia on Sunday.
An expert conference under the title: “Local self-government and Direct Elections – Ambiguities Prior to and After the Elections”, jointly organized by the Faculty of Law in Zagreb and GONG was held in Zagreb on Tuesday, 27 January 2009.
At the election of members to representative bodies of local and regional self-government units, held on May 15, 2005 citizens of the Republic of Croatia were electing the members of 426 municipal and 123 city councils and the members of 20 county assemblies as well as the Assembly of the City of Zagreb at 3,914 polling stations in the Republic of Croatia.
Citizens of Republic of Croatia voted on 20th of May for representatives in local and regional councils; 422 municipality councils, 123 city councils, 20 county councils and City of Zagreb council. Elections took place in 6430 polling stations in Croatia. Each municipality, city and county was one constituency. Election system used for these elections was at large (proportional) and threshold was 5%. Voters register included 3 886 702 voters in Republic of Croatia.