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5. Participation

5.2 Youth participation in representative democracy

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  1. Young people as voters
  2. Young people as political representatives

Young people as voters

According to the Constitution, the citizens of the Republic of Croatia can exercise active and passive suffrage (from the local level up to the EU level) from the age of 18 years old. 

Imminent plans to lower the voting age limit

There are no plans at this time to lower the voting age limit.

Special provisions

There are no special provisions for young people in the electoral laws/rules. No legislation aims at facilitating the participation of specific groups of young people.

Turnout

There is no data collection on the youth turnout, as the State Election Commission does not record any data on youth participation in elections.

Young people as political representatives

Young people can become members of a political party from the age of 18 years old, according to the Political Parties Act (OGNN 76/93, 111/96, 164/98, 36/01, 28/06). From the age of 16, young people can become members of youth wings of political parties.

There is no quota of seats reserved for young people and there exist no special provisions to facilitate young people to stand as political candidate.

Currently there are no MPs under the age of 30 at the Croatian Parliament (January 2021).