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Preliminary results of the November 8 parliamentary election show that most preference votes have been won by candidates heading party slates, but several candidates on three leading party slates will be sitting in the parliament owing primarily to preference votes, including the leader of the MOST (Bridge) coalition of independent slates, Bozo Petrov.

In Constituency No. 10 Petrov was the last, 14th candidate on his coalition's slate, but he won 59.70% of preference votes, show data from the State Election Commission (DIP) after 95% of ballots have been counted.

Preferential voting enables a candidate on a slate, regardless of their position on the slate, to enter the parliament if they win at least 10% of all preference votes given to the slate.

Owing to preference votes, outgoing Construction and Zoning Minister Anka Mrak Taritas of the Croatian People's Party (HNS) will have a seat in parliament as well. In Constituency No. 2, Mrak Taritas was eighth on the slate of the Croatia Is Growing coalition and she won 10.91% of preference votes. Her party colleague, Varazdin County head Predrag Stromar, 14th on the coalition's slate in Constituency No. 3, won 16.54% of preference votes and will be sitting in the parliament as well.

Stevo Culej, who was eighth on the slate of the Patriotic Coalition in Constituency No. 5, will probably be sitting in the parliament as well, having won 10.88% of preference votes. Drazen Barisic of the same coalition, who was the eighth candidate on the slate in Constituency No. 6, won 12.07% of preference votes, and Ivan Kirin of the Patriotic Coalition, who was the seventh candidate on the coalition's slate in Constituency No. 8, won 10.94% of preference votes and both of them will sit in the parliament.

As for the candidates of the Patriotic Coalition, the most preference votes went to Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko (36.92%), Damir Krsticevic (36.75%), Zeljko Reiner (37.57%), Miroslav Tudjman (30.04%) and Damir Jelic (20.83%).

The most preference votes in the SDP-led Croatia Is Growing coalition have gone to SDP leader Zoran Milanovic (54.39%), Ante Kotromanovic (38.01%), Ranko Ostojic (37.75%), Boris Lalovac (36.77%), Josip Leko (33.12%), Milanka Opacic (28.06%), Sinisa Hajdas Doncic (25.20%), and Zeljko Jovanovic (22.15%).

Most of the preference votes given to the MOST coalition have gone to Petrov, Drago Prgomet (49.75%), Stipe Petrina (43.48%), Ivan Lovrinovic (32.07%) and Robert Podolnjak (28.68%).

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