Elections for deputies of municipality heads, mayors and county prefects from among national minorities and Croatian nationality

The deputy municipality head, mayor or county prefect among members of a national minority is elected by direct vote, by secret ballot for the mandate of four years. Municipality head, mayors and county prefects deputies are elected simultaneously and under same terms and in the same procedure.

The right to municipal mayors or county prefect deputy of national minority is determined in accordance with provisions of the Constitutional Law on National Minorities and the Local and Regional Act. The right to the deputy belongs to national minorities independent of the proportion of persons belonging to national minorities in the total population of a unit, if that right is prescribed by the units’ Statute.

The right to elect the deputy municipality head, mayor or county prefect, that is, county prefect among members of national minority belongs to members of minority that are entitled to have the deputy and who have their residence in the unit.

A voter among members of national minorities shall have the right to be elected the deputy municipality head, mayor or county prefect among members of national minorities who, on the day the decision to call the election comes into force, has a registered domicile in the area of the unit for whose representative body the elections are being conducted for at least six months.

Political parties registered in the Republic of Croatia and voters shall have the right to propose candidates for deputy municipality head, mayor or county prefect among members of national minorities.

Candidates should not be police officers, active military personnel, as well as officers and employees of the Armed Forces. No one can simultaneously be a candidate for the municipality head, that is, mayor and county prefect, or their deputies, that is, county prefect among members of national minority.

A candidate for the deputy municipality head, mayor or county prefect among members of national minorities that wins the most of total votes is elected. If two or more candidates obtain the same highest number of votes, the election will be repeated in 14 days. Candidates that had the same number of votes participate in the repeated election.

The deputy municipality heads, mayors and county prefects cannot simultaneously perform any of duties specified in the Article 89 of the Local Elections Act (in terms of Article 116 of the Local Elections Act). A person holding an incompatible office can be a candidate, and, if elected, should resign from the incompatible office within 8 days asof the publication of the final election results.

For all other issues related to the election and term of office of deputy municipality head, mayors and county prefects belonging to national minorities, the provisions of the Local Elections Act related to the election and mandate of municipal mayors and county prefects shall apply.

In the local or regional self-government units where majority of the population belongs to the national minority, and members of the Croatian people are a minority, they are guaranteed the right to the deputy municipality head, mayor, that is, county prefect. The provisions of the Local Elections Act related to the election of deputy municipality head, mayors and county prefects belonging to national minorities apply to this election.Electoral campaign financing is regulated by the Political Activity and Election Campaign Financing Act.