The Slovenia Times

Sixth presidential election to be held on Sunday


Pahor won the most votes among the nine candidates in the first round on 22 October, 47.21%, but to win, he would have needed the support of more than half of those who turned out.

Šarec was backed by 24.76% of the voters and was followed by the candidate of the opposition Democrats (SDS), Romana Tomc, who received 13.68%. Opposition New Slovenia (NSi) candidate Ljudmila Novak got the support of 7.24% of the voters.

United Slovenia candidate Andrej Šiško was fifth with 2.21%, followed by Koper Mayor Boris Popovič with 1.80% and candidate of the junior coalition Modern Centre Party (SMC) Maja Makovec Brenčič with 1.74%.

Suzana Lara Krause of the non-parliamentary People's Party (SLS) and Angelca Likovič, the candidate of the party Voice for Children and Families got less than one per cent.

A total of 757,898 ballots were cast in the 22 October election, which puts the turnout at 44.24%, which is one of the lowest turnouts in Slovenia's history. Fewer voters cast their ballots only in the second round of the presidential election in 2012.

In the second half of the campaign, both candidates continued travelling around the country, but not as extensively as before the first round of vote.

Pahor continued his hike of Slovenia, having walked 745 kilometres and visited 300 towns, according to his website. But he has failed to reach his goal of walking 1,000 kilometres.

Meanwhile, Šarec continued his bus tour of the country.

Both candidates were also active on social networks, and in newspaper, radio and television debates. The last debate before election blackout sets in at midnight will be hosted by commercial broadcaster POP TV tonight.

In the debates, their opinions were getting sharper and more clearly expressed. The differences in their perception of the presidential post and their views on some foreign policy issues have become clear.

Pahor attempted to show Šarec as a naive and politically inexperienced candidate, while Šarec was critical of Pahor's work so far and stressed that he failed to speak up when some major issues emerged.

The second part of the campaign was marked by the absence of public opinion polls. Those released soon after the first round showed Pahor as the favourite, while new polls are expected to be in today.

The winner of Sunday's vote will start his term on Saturday, 23 December, a day after being sworn in.

The National Electoral Commission assessed the costs of the second round of the election at some EUR 2m, while the total election costs will reach some EUR 5.1m. The state also partly reimburses the campaign costs to candidates who get at least 10% support.

A total of 3,194 polling stations will be open around the country on Sunday, just as in the first round of election, and 32 at diplomatic and consular offices abroad. More than 1,790 polling stations will be accessible also to people with disabilities, the Electoral Commission said.

A total of 20,920 people will take part in carrying out the election.


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