Early voting in waters referendum under way

Ljubljana – Slovenian voters who will be unable to go to the polls on Sunday, 11 July, to vote on the changes to the waters act can do so in early voting from Tuesday to Thursday between 7am and 7pm at over 92 polling stations around Slovenia.

A voter can cast their vote in early voting only at the local electoral commission which covers the area of their permanent residence.

While the early voting will largely take place at the seats of district electoral commissions, there are around a dozen exceptions.

For all districts within the Ljubljana Administrative Unit, early voting will take place at the Gospodarsko Razstavišče fairgrounds.

Standard rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus will have to be observed, with voters having to enter polling stations one by one.

Until tomorrow, voters can apply to vote on 11 July outside their place of permanent residence or at home.

Voters with permanent residence abroad who would like to vote in Slovenia can also still apply tomorrow to do so.

The referendum was initiated by several NGOs associated in the Movement for Drinking Water, which is critical of the new rules for construction on sea and lake coasts and on river banks. It claims that the new legislation liberalises construction and might lead to over-development of coastal areas.

Voters – just over 1.7 million are eligible – will be asked whether they support amendments to the waters act passed by the National Assembly on 30 March.