SLOVENIA
Parliamentary Chamber: Drzavni zbor Republike Slovenije

ELECTIONS HELD IN 2000

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Chamber:
  Drzavni zbor Republike Slovenije


Dates of elections / renewal (from/to):

  15 October 2000


Purpose of elections:

  Elections were held for all the seats in Parliament on the normal expiry of the members' term of office.


Background and outcome of elections:

  On 27 July 2000, President Milan Kucan called parliamentary elections for 15 October 2000, following consultations with various party leaders. These were the third elections held in the former Yugoslav republic since independence in 1991.

Altogether, sixteen parties contested the 90 seats in the National Assembly. During the electoral campaign, former Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek appealed to urban voters and proposed to speed up privatisation and complete negotiations for EU membership by the end of 2001. The outgoing Prime Minister Andrej Bajuk and Defence Minister Janez Jansa, who led centre-right parties, were more conservative and promoted such issues as social security and health.

Turnout was 69.9 per cent, down from 73.7 per cent four years earlier.

Eight parties won seats in the new Parliament with Mr. Drnovsek's centre-left Liberal Democrat Party polling the largest share of votes, more than 36 per cent and winning 34 seats. The centre-right coalition of Mr. Bajuk's New Slovenia Party and Mr. Jansa's Social Democratic Party came second with nearly 16 per cent of the votes and 14 seats.

The centre-left Associated List of Social Democrats (ZLSD) took third place, with slightly more than 12 per cent of the votes, and 11 seats. The big loser was the SLS-SKD Slovene People's Party. In 1996, the two component parties, contesting the elections separately, had won 19 and 10 seats individually, whereas in the 2000 elections, the merged party only won 9 seats. Mr. Bajuk's New Slovenia Party obtained eight seats on its own.

Another three parties won more than the four per cent of the votes required to enter Parliament, picking up four seats each: the Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (DeSUS), the Slovene National Party (SNS) and the Party of the Slovene Youth (SMS). The two other seats went to representatives of the Hungarian and Italian minorities.

On 10 November 2000, four political parties reached an agreement to form a centre-left government. The Liberal Democrats of former Premier Janez Drnovsek, which had emerged as the strongest party, signed an agreement with the conservative People's Party, the United List of Social Democrats, and the pensioner's party DeSUS. On 14 November 2000, President Milan Kucan named Dr Janez Drnovšek as the new Prime Minister.

STATISTICS
Round no 1 (15 October 2000): Elections results  
Number of registered electors 1 586 695
Voters 1 116 423 (70 %)
Blank or invalid ballot papers 36 904
Valid votes 1 079 519

Round no 1: Distribution of votes  
Political Group Votes %
Liberal Democracy of Slovenia (LDS) 390 306 36.23
Social Democratic Party of Slovenia (SDS) 170 228 15.80
Associated List of Social Democrats (ZLSD) 130 079 12.07
Slovene People's Party (SLS) + Slovene Christian Democrats (SKD) 102 691 9.53
New Slovenia (NSi) 93 247 8.66
Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia 55 634 5.16
Slovene National Party (SNS) 47 214 4.38
Party of the Slovene Youth (SMS) 46 674 4.33
Representatives of ethnic minorities n.a. n.a.

Round no 1: Distribution of seats  
Political Group Total
Liberal Democracy of Slovenia (LDS) 34
Social Democratic Party of Slovenia (SDS) 14
Associated List of Social Democrats (ZLSD) 11
Slovene People's Party (SLS) + Slovene Christian Democrats (SKD) 9
New Slovenia (NSi) 8
Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia 4
Slovene National Party (SNS) 4
Party of the Slovene Youth (SMS) 4
Representatives of ethnic minorities 4

Distribution of seats according to sex:  
Men: 78
Women: 12
Percent of women: 13.33

Distribution of seats according to age:  
21 to 30 years 4
31 to 40 years 19
41 to 50 years 33
51 to 60 years 28
61 to 70 years 3
Over 70 years 3


Distribution of seats according to profession:

 
Business/Trade/Industry 30
Politicians 29
Teachers 8
Retired 7
Journalists/writers/publishers 5
Legal professions 3
Medical professions 2
Civil servants 1
Students 1
Others 4


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