SLOVENIA
Parliamentary Chamber: Drzavni zbor Republike Slovenije

ELECTIONS HELD IN 1996

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Chamber:
  Drzavni zbor Republike Slovenije


Dates of elections / renewal (from/to):

  10 November 1996


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:

  The 1996 elections were the second since independence was attained in 1991.

Main contenders for the 90 National Assembly seats were the ruling Liberal Democrats (LDS) of Prime Minister (since April 1992) Janez Drnovsek; their coalition partners in the outgoing minority Government, the Christian Democrats (SKD); the right-wing Slovene People's Party (SLS); and the Social Democratic Party (SDS). Altogether 24 parties and 1,300 candidates (including 242 women) were in the running. Generally speaking, all groups agreed on the principal issues of Slovenia's joining the European Union and NATO, but they differed as to the pace for seeking these affiliations.

On polling day, the Assembly seats were once again fragmented among seven different parties led, as four years earlier, by the centre-left LDS. With only 25 seats (a gain of three), it topped the SLS, which replaced the SKD in second place. In this context, Mr. Drnovsek was reproposed as Prime Minister and ultimately elected to the post by Parliament on 9 January 1997. The newly-elected Assembly had held its inaugural session on 28 November.

STATISTICS
Round no 1 (10 November 1996): Elections results  
Number of registered electors 1,542,218
Voters 1,136,211 (73.7%)
Blank or invalid ballot papers 67,007
Valid votes 1,069,204

Round no 1: Distribution of votes  
Political Group Votes %
Liberal Democracy of Slovenia (LDS) 288,783 27.01
Slovene People's Party (SLS) 207,186 19.38
Social Democratic Party of Slovenia (SDS) 172,470 16.13
Slovene Christian Democrats (SKD) 102,852 9.62
Associated List of Social Democrats (ZLSD) 96,597 9.03
Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia 46,152 4,32
Slovene National Party (NP) 34,422 3,22
Representatives of ethnic minorities - -

Round no 1: Distribution of seats  
Political Group Total Gain/Loss
Liberal Democracy of Slovenia (LDS) 25 +3
Slovene People's Party (SLS) 19 +9
Social Democratic Party of Slovenia (SDS) 16 +12
Slovene Christian Democrats (SKD) 10 -5
Associated List of Social Democrats (ZLSD) 9 -5
Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia 5 +5
Slovene National Party (NP) 4 -8
Representatives of ethnic minorities 2 =

Distribution of seats according to sex:  
Men: 83
Women: 7

Distribution of seats according to age:  
31-40 years 29
41-50 years 33
51-60 years 23
61-70 years 3
Over 70 years 2


Distribution of seats according to profession:

 
Economists 12
Professors, teachers 11
Lawyers 9
Medical doctors 7
Others with university education 35
Others with secondary education 16


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