Croatia: Tomašević won elections in Zagreb

Croatia: Tomašević won elections in Zagreb

Tomislav Tomašević (Možemo!), won the elections for Zagreb mayor,  Ivica Puljak (Centre) won in Split, Marko Filipović (Social Democratic Party) won in Rijeka and that Ivan Radić of the Croatian Democratic Union won in Osijek.

Ballots from all polling stations in Zagreb have been counted and according to official information, Tomislav Tomašević of the Možemo!-led green-left coalition won 65.25 per cent of the vote.

In the first round of the local elections on May 16, Tomašević won 147,631 votes, and in Sunday’s runoff, he won 199,630 votes.

His opponent from the right-wing DP party, Miroslav Škoro, won 34.75 per cent of the vote or 106,300 votes in the mayoral runoff.

The turnout in Zagreb was 45.07 per cent, which is two percentage points less than in the first round, and 2 per cent of ballots were invalid.

In his first address as mayor-elect on Sunday, Tomašević said that residents of Zagreb had put trust in his ability to run the city, calling on them to participate in decision-making on the city’s development.

“Thank you, Zagreb! Thank you for your trust, hope, your belief that a true change is possible. Thank you for a clear mandate for a real change. Thank you for believing in me, in yourselves, and all of us,” Tomašević said.

He added that he had been fighting all his life for the city and its interests and against harmful agreements and decisions by those who, he said, had captured the city, systematically neglecting it and using it as their own cash machine.

Tomašević recalled that his campaign for Zagreb started back in 1998 when he was 16 and fought against the illegal dumping of hazardous waste in gravel pits by the River Sava.

“Twenty-three years later, here we are, together with the best team with whom I have been fighting for years for a just, more solidary, and more tolerant society. Those are the people with whom I share a vision for Zagreb as a greener, more just and more transparent city,” said Tomašević.

“Our mission will not last only until the next election; we look much farther into the future because the city’s long-term wellbeing is the most important to us. Zagreb, you have given me your trust, and I ask you to participate, together with us, in making decisions on the city’s development,” said Tomašević.

The mayoral candidate of the liberal Centre party, Ivica Puljak, won Sunday’s runoff election in the Croatian second city of Split, with 56.75 per cent of the vote. In the first round, he won 17,500 votes and in the second 35,565.

His rival, Vice Mihanović of the ruling centre-right HDZ party, won 43.25 per cent of the vote or 27,106 votes.

The turnout in Split was 43.53 per cent, which is less than in the first round when the turnout was 43.97 per cent, and 2.90 per cent of ballots were invalid.

Ballots from all polling stations in the port city of Rijeka have been counted as well, and the results show that Social Democrat Marko Filipović won 54.48 per cent of the vote. In the first round on May 16, he won 11,970 votes, and in the second 18,902.

His rival, independent candidate Davor Štimac, won 45.52 per cent of the vote.

The turnout in Rijeka was 34.16 per cent, 3 pp less than in the first election round, and 3.37 per cent of ballots were invalid.

The winner in Osijek is Ivan Radić of the HDZ, with 59.68 per cent of the votes won, while his rival Berislav Mlinarević, an independent candidate supported by the DP party and the conservative populist Most (Bridge) party, won 35.52 per cent of the vote.

Radić won 15,526 votes in the runoff as against 13,655 votes in the first round. The turnout in Osijek was 29.13 per cent, as much as 10 pp less than in the first round, and 4.80 per cent of ballots were invalid.

The turnout at the national level was 37.96 per cent for elections for county heads and the mayor of Zagreb, and 43.86 per cent for other mayors.