2010 Slovak political reform referendum

A referendum on political reform was held in Slovakia on 18 September 2010, following a successful petition started as a civil activity along with foundation of the classical liberal Freedom and Solidarity (SaS),[1] which later became the third-largest party in the National Council. 401,126 signatures were collected, with 386,000 found valid.

The referendum failed to meet the turnout threshold required under the Constitution of Slovakia, with only 22.8% of the electorate voting: far below the 50% required. Large majorities voted in favour of all six proposals, with between 70% and 95% supporting each proposal.[2]

ReferendumEdit

The referendum asked six questions, which had been promoted collectively by SaS as 'Referendum 2009' under their plan to hold such a referendum in 2009:[3]

  • to abolish the television licence (question 1);
  • to limit parliamentary immunity (question 2);
  • to lower the number of MPs from 150 to 100 by 2014 (question 3);
  • to set a maximum price for limousines used by the government at €40,000 (question 4);
  • to introduce electronic voting via the internet (question 5); and
  • to change the Press Code by removing politicians' automatic right of reply (question 6).

The latter four demands had already been included in the new coalition agreement of the government formed after the 2010 election, which includes SaS.[4]

ElectionEdit

A turnout of 50% or more was required for the referendum to be valid.[5] Only one referendum in Slovak history has ever crossed this threshold: the 2003 vote on EU membership (51.5% turnout).[6]

ResultsEdit

Question 1[7]
Choice Votes %
  No 90,058 9.02
Yes 870,864 87.24
Invalid or blank votes 37,220 3.72
Total votes 998,142 100.00
Turnout required 50.00
Registered voters and turnout 4,369,553 22.84
Question 2[7]
Choice Votes %
  No 17,333 1.73
Yes 952,281 95.40
Invalid or blank votes 28,528 2.85
Total votes 998,142 100.00
Turnout required 50.00
Registered voters and turnout 4,369,553 22.84
Question 3[7]
Choice Votes %
  No 38,450 3.85
Yes 925,888 92.76
Invalid or blank votes 33,804 3.38
Total votes 998,142 100.00
Turnout required 50.00
Registered voters and turnout 4,369,553 22.84
Question 4[7]
Choice Votes %
  No 61,532 6.16
Yes 886,767 88.84
Invalid or blank votes 49,843 4.99
Total votes 998,142 100.00
Turnout required 50.00
Registered voters and turnout 4,369,553 22.84
Question 5[7]
Choice Votes %
  No 221,847 22.22
Yes 703,336 70.46
Invalid or blank votes 72,959 7.30
Total votes 998,142 100.00
Turnout required 50.00
Registered voters and turnout 4,369,553 22.84
Question 6[7]
Choice Votes %
  No 134,163 13.44
Yes 747,983 74.93
Invalid or blank votes 115,996 11.62
Total votes 998,142 100.00
Turnout required 50.00
Registered voters and turnout 4,369,553 22.84

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vilikovská, Zuzana (7 July 2010). "SaS-initiated referendum to be held on September 18". The Slovak Spectator.
  2. ^ "Referendum 2010: Referendum fails due to low turnout, according to preliminary results - updated". The Slovak Spectator. 19 September 2010.
  3. ^ http://www.worldbulletin.net/news_detail.php?id=61059[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ http://spectator.sme.sk/articles/view/39405/10/slovak_president_gasparovic_will_announce_a_sas_initiated_referendum.html
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-07-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Miles, Lee (2004). The European Union: Annual Review 2003/2004. London: Wiley-Blackwell. p. 159. ISBN 978-1-4051-1919-1.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Referendum 2010: Voting results". Central Election Commission. Archived from the original on 2010-09-22. Retrieved 2010-09-20.