Slovenian electoral system referendum, 1996

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A referendum on the electoral system was held in Slovenia on 8 December 1996.[1] Voters were given three options to approve or not; a compensatory system, a two-round majority system and a proportional representation system at a national level.[2] Due to the low turnout of 37.9%, none of the proposals crossed the legal threshold and the results were invalidated.[3] However, in 1998 the results were revisited by the Constitutional Court, who found that the two round majority system had been approved.

Results[edit]

Option A: Compensatory system[edit]

The compensatory system was proposed by the National Assembly. It would have 44 single member constituencies complemented by a list vote using proportional representation which would produce a proportional seat total.[3]

Choice Votes %
For 83,864 15.9
Against 237,041 45.0
Invalid/blank votes 56,907
Total 583,297 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,537,529 37.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Option B: Two-round majority system[edit]

The two-round majority system would have 88 single member constituencies. It was proposed by the Social Democratic Party of Slovenia and 43,710 voters.[3]

Choice Votes %
For 259,687 49.3
Against 139,384 26.5
Invalid/blank votes 56,907
Total 583,297 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,537,529 37.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Option C: Proportional representation system[edit]

Option C was proposed by 30 members of the National Assembly.[3]

Choice Votes %
For 152,784 29.0
Against 207,965 39.5
Invalid/blank votes 56,907
Total 583,297 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,537,529 37.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1778 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1784
  3. ^ a b c d Nohlen & Stöver, p1767