Kukuriku set to win
Four opposition parties have come together to fight the general election today under the title Kukuriku (Cock-a-doodle-doo) and are likely to win with their Plan 21 programme. Their leader, Zoran Milanović, is likely to be the next prime minister.
Kukuriku, or the Alliance for Change, consists of four centre-left parties, the Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP), Croatian People’s Party – Liberal Democrats (HNS), Istrian Democratic Assembly (IDS-DDI) and Croatian Party of Pensioners (HSU). Their programme is called Plan 21 and it can be found via SDP Manifesto in the Links tab on the Croatia page.
In the November 2007 election, the Alliance for Change parties took 67 seats with 43.6%. According to a recent Ipsos poll the Alliance for Change is likely to win as many as 79 seats in the 151 member parliament. That will make them the winners in the election and the main party in the coalition, the Social Democratic Party of Croatia, is expected to see their leader, Zoran Milanovic, the likely next Prime Minister.
The ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), which has governed the country for 17 of the 20 years of independence, is likely to be forced into opposition. In the 2007 election the HDZ took 66 seats on 36.6% of the vote. In a Crodemoskop poll the HDZ is placed on 19% which means that Prime minister Jadranka Kosor will be out of a job.
There are 4,504,081 voters on the register with a population of 4.3 million. 411,758 are overseas voters with 265,000 ethnic Croatians in Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, the Ministry of Administration appears to have overestimated numbers by nearly one million, according to the State Election Commission (DIP).
Polling stations open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time and voters will be choosing from 4,000 candidates for 151 seats in the Sabor (Parliament).