The Slovenia Times

Slovenians Cast Vote in Presidential Run-Off


For the first time Slovenians are choosing between two left-leaning candidates in the run-off for president, a largely ceremonial role, after conservative MEP Milan Zver was eliminated in the first round.

Pahor was the surprise winner of the first round on 11 November, garnering 40% of the vote, while Türk won only 36% despite being favoured by opinion polls. Public opinion surveys have suggested that Pahor could win between 60% and 70% of the vote today.

Pahor, standing for the opposition Social Democrats (SD) and with the endorsement of the centrist coalition Citizens' List (DL), is seen as more centrist candidate than Türk, who has been endorsed by the opposition Positive Slovenia (PS) and coalition Pensioners' Party (DeSUS).

Around 1.7 million eligible voters will be able to cast ballots at more than 3,300 polling stations across the country between 7 AM and 7 PM.

Exit polls will be available at 7 PM, while first partial voting results indicative of the final outcome should be released by 8:30 PM.

The first data on the turnout until 11 AM will be available at noon, with a follow-up until 4 PM at 5 PM.

The first round of this year's election saw a record low turnout of 48.25%.

Slovenia has had three presidents so far. Only Milan Kučan won sufficient majority in 1992 and 1997 to avoid a run-off. He is also the only to reach the limit of two consecutive five-years terms allowed by law.


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