The Slovenia Times

President to draft two proposals for electoral system change


Pahor said he would draft the two proposals after holding talks with parliamentary parties in March. He hopes that the parliament would change the legislation by Christmas, so that parties would have enough time to prepare for the next general election, expected in 2022.

Under Slovenian law the legislator has two years to make the necessary legislative changes following the Constitutional Court's ruling, which was announced in December 2018.

Pahor said today that he took it upon himself to provide two drafts by the National Assembly's summer break in order to prevent the next election being overshadowed by doubts about the vote's compliance with the Constitution, which could happen if the legislation is not changed in time.

The Constitutional Court found in mid-December that the provisions determining the size of electoral districts were in violation of the Constitution.

Since the early 1990s, the size of some of the districts had changed, creating gaps between the number of constituents in individual districts, leading to the violation of the one person one vote rule.

Pahor said that the parties he met today had very different positions as to what constituted a good, legitimate and legal electoral system.

While some advocate a majority system, others prefer a proportional system of a single district with a preference vote, said Pahor, who believes that parties will have to limit themselves to the "realistic options".

Currently, Slovenia has ten electoral units, with two of them set aside for the Italian and Hungarian minority to each elect their representative. Each of the remaining eight units is further divided into eleven districts to elect 88 MPs.

The Economically Active Party and the Pirate Party want a proportional system with a preference vote, while the Socialist Party said that the problem could be solved by cutting the number of municipalities, as their increase led to the disproportions.


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