The Slovenia Times

Presidental Election: Polling station opened from 7am


More than 3,300 polling stations across the country will open at 7 AM for more than 1.7 million eligible voters to cast their ballots. Until the polls close at 7 PM election blackout remains in force.

Incumbent President Danilo Türk is facing only two rivals in the contest for the presidential office, former Social Democrat PM Borut Pahor and MEP Milan Zver, the candidate of the ruling coalition Democrats (SDS) and New Slovenia (NSi).

This is the lowest ever number of candidates in a presidential election in Slovenia; there were seven in 2007, nine in 2002 and eight in 1997.

Unless the incumbent president is re-elected, Slovenia will get its fourth president after Milan Kučan, Janez Drnovšek and Türk. Slovenia's first president, Kučan served two terms in office.

Elections will also be held at 32 diplomatic offices abroad (between 7 AM and 5 PM local time). Ballots have also been mailed to more than 62,000 voters who are permanently residing abroad.

The first data on turnout until 11 AM will be available at noon, to be updated at 5 PM with data on turnout until 4 PM. First incomplete results will be released after 7:30 PM when the early vote will be available.

The ballots coming in by mail from Slovenia will be added to the results on Monday morning, and those from abroad on 19 November.

Once all the ballots are counted, the final results will be declared. The Electoral Commission is expected to call a potential run-off for 2 December.


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