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Šarec believes relative preference vote will be backed


Šarec believes that the first proposal could get the necessary support of two thirds of MPs, thus being endorsed in the National Assembly, since people seemed in favour of it during the May EU election.

"The implementation of the preferential vote needs 60 votes, but I believe we're not afraid of that," said Šarec.

"People are fond of the preferential vote, judging from this year's EU election where the preference vote was awarded by more than three quarters of the voters, and they are not to be underestimated," he added.

He was less sure when it came to the other option - changing the districts, saying that even though it needed only the simple majority, it would still be harder to pass since "the views in the house are difficult to be united".

PM reiterated that Slovenia's current electoral system was found unconstitutional last December and that so far all efforts to amend it had been unsuccessful. He wishes it would be different this time.

Šarec then praised the efforts of the Public Administration Ministry, which prepared the two proposals, adding that the government got acquainted with them last Thursday.

The preferential vote proposal entails abolishing the districts and introducing the relative optional preferential vote, where voters can either vote for a preferred candidate or just for their list - the same formula as the one currently used in EU elections.


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