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Slovenia: low turnout, no referendum on 2nd track railway

Less than 300,000 citizens voted

25 September, 17:17
(ANSA) - LJUBLJANA- In Slovenia, the referendum on the second track of the Divaccia-Koper railway line is not valid, since very few voters went to the polls. Ahead of official data, the first exit polls show a low participation of citizens, who were asked to votein favouror against the law on construction and management of the second track of the railway line along the Slovenian coast, approved by the National Assembly on May 8.

In order to block the contruction, the referendum should have collected about 342,000 votes in favour among 1.7 million eligible voters, that is one fifth of the electorate. In the district of Ljubljana, the turnout was 15.7%, although the highest figure came from Vrhnika (18.1%), whereas the lowest turnout (9, 2%) was recorded in Piran, on the Slovenian coast, One of the referendum promoters, Vili Kovacic, has suggested that even if the law has not been abrogated, the referendum committee's intention is to appeal to the Court of Auditors.


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