Referendum 2010: Polling stations closed

More than 5,000 polling stations closed at 22:00 across Slovakia ending the country’s seventh referendum since the fall of communism in 1989, on September 18.

More than 5,000 polling stations closed at 22:00 across Slovakia ending the country’s seventh referendum since the fall of communism in 1989, on September 18.

The first preliminary results of the vote will be available on the website of the Slovak Statistics Office and will be updated as vote counts from regional precincts arrive. Relevant preliminary results should be known around midnight or early morning on Sunday between 2:00 and 3:00.

For the referendum to be valid, more than half of all eligible voters must vote in the referendum. The only poll to gauge attendance suggests that only around 20 percent of voters will bother to cast a ballot.

The first three questions voters will consider are whether parliament should cancel mandatory monthly payments that support Slovakia’s public-service media, limit the immunity from prosecution that members of parliament enjoy, and reduce the number of seats in parliament from 150 to 100 from the next election term onwards. The remaining three issues deal with restricting government offices from purchasing cars worth more than €40,000, permitting internet voting in future elections, and excluding persons elected to public office from the right to reply granted under Slovakia’s amended Press Code.

The organisation of the referendum falls under the authority of the Interior Ministry which has been allocated almost €6 million from the state budget to cover the costs of voting. Slovakia’s Statistics Office, responsible for counting of the votes, will get an additional €1.26 million. Altogether the referendum will cost around €7,224,000.
The Statistics Office will be releasing results at www.statistics.sk as well as www.volbysr.sk.

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