SDS on course to win today


The centre-right opposition party of Janez Janša, the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) is on course to win today’s snap general election.

Around 1.7 million voters will be choosing from 19 parties and 1,300 candidates and voting in 3,468 polling stations along with 34 overseas diplomatic missions for the 90 deputies to the National Assembly. Voting will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

An Episcenter Poll which was published just before the Friday moratorium on political campaigning shows the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) on 32% of the vote. That is up from 2008 when they took 29.26% of the vote and 28 seats.

The second place party in the poll is a newcomer; the centre-left Positive Slovenia (LZJ) is on 22%. Another newcomer, the centre-right Gregor Virant’s Civic List (LGV) is on 8% and in a possible fourth place.

But the ruling party of Prime Minister Borut Pahor, the Social Democrats (SD) is on just 12%, a drop from their 2008 vote of 30.45% and 29 seats.

The two coalition partners of the Social Democrats who left the coalition and brought down the government in a no-confidence vote, both look as though they will do badly; Zares – New Politics took 9 seats in 2008 with 9.37% and the Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (DeSUS) took 7 seats with 7.45%. DeSUS may win some seats, but Zares is likely to fall below the 4% threshold for parliamentary representation as will the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia (LDS) who remained loyal.

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