ElectionGudie

June 6, 2010 Held

727,361
Voted
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Results

42%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:727,361
Valid Votes:721,443
Invalid Votes:5,918

Provisions

The governments have disputed various territorial and maritime claims for more than a decade. This piece of legislation would provide for the governments to jointly appoint a three-member Arbitral Tribunal. Candidates would be selected by the President and enlargement officer of the European Commission. In the event that the countries cannot agree on a Tribunal President, the President of the International Court of Justice will select one.

Yes371,848

51.54

No349,595

48.46

More Info:

At stake in this Referendum:

  • Whether an international tribunal should decide a border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Danilo TURK
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Borut PAHOR
  • Assembly: Slovenia has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the National Council (Drzavni Svet) with 40 seats* and the National Assembly (Drzavni Zbor) with 90 seats**.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is elected by parliament.
  • In the National Council (Drzavni Svet) 40 members are indirectly elected by an electoral college to serve 5-year terms*. In the National Assembly (Drzavni Zbor), 88 members are elected through an open-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms and 2 members are elected through a Borda Count system to serve 4-year terms.**

* This is a mainly advisory body based on corporatist principles with limited legislative powers. It may propose laws, ask to review any National Assembly decisions, and call national referenda. 4 members represent business ownership associations, 4 represent trade unions, 2 represent farmers, 1 represents crafts and trades, 1 represents "independent professions," and 6 represent "non-commercial" interests. These include 1 representative each from the following fields: university students, teaching, professional research, culture/sport, health care, and social work. Finally, electoral colleges in each of 22 local constituencies elect members representing their respective constituencies. These electoral colleges include 1 member per municipality and 1 more member per additional 5,000 residents. Choice of electoral rules is reserved to the electoral colleges.

** In the PR tier, there are 8 multi-member constituencies of 11 seats each. Voters have the option to cast preference votes. There is a nationwide threshold of 4 percent. In addition, the two constituencies in which the Borda system is used are nationwide and reserved to Hungarian and Italian minorities, respectively.

Main provisions in the Referendum:

  • Arbitration Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the Government of the Republic of Croatia* The governments have disputed various territorial and maritime claims for more than a decade. This piece of legislation would provide for the governments to jointly appoint a three-member Arbitral Tribunal. Candidates would be selected by the President and enlargement officer of the European Commission. In the event that the countries cannot agree on a Tribunal President, the President of the International Court of Justice will select one.

* See the "Of Interest" section for a link to the full text.

Electoral Requirements

  • A majority of voters must approve the measure for it to pass.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 2,005,692 (July 2009 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 1,705,105 (June 2010 )