Although the turnout for Sunday’s European elections was higher than the last election in 2014 it was still less than 30 percent of the people able to vote. In the Dubrovnik – Neretva County only 26.7 percent of people actually voted, less than the country average of 29.8 percent, as voters showed little interest in selecting their MEP for the next five years.
The Dubrovnik – Neretva County remained strongly behind the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and although their percentage of the vote dropped compared with 2014 they still won 34.3 percent of the overall vote. In fact, this was much higher than the country average for HDZ, which as 22.7, although HDZ traditionally does well in the south of Croatia and Dalmatia.
In only two of the twenty-two voting districts did another political party, apart from HDZ, actually win seats and both of these were on the island of Korcula. In Smokvica, where HRAST won, and in Vela Luka, where SDP won, were they only two voting districts that didn’t give a majority to HDZ.
“HDZ is a relative winner - we missed only about 1,000 votes to win a fifth MEP!” commented Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, on Twitter.