Unofficial preliminary results with votes from 3,575 election precincts counted show that only 21.84 percent of Slovaks voted in the referendum held on Saturday, September 18, according to the Slovak Statistics office. In Slovakia, a referendum is only valid if more than 50 percent of all registered voters take part. The Statistics Office of the Slovak Republic has been publishing preliminary results as returns from each precinct arrive.
The first question, which asked whether the mandatory monthly payments that support public-service broadcasters should be cancelled, was answered positively by 87.32 percent of those who voted, while 8.69 percent said no.
94.92 percent of participants voted to limit MPs’ immunity from prosecution, while 1.90 percent voted against any restriction.
The third question, on lowering the number of MPs from the current 150 to 100 as of the next election term, was answered positively by 92.81 percent of voters, while 3.68 voted against.
The fourth question touched on the price of official cars bought by public bodies, asking whether the price of limousines should be limited to less than €40,000. This question got a positive response from 88.34 percent of voters, while 6.33 percent said no.
Of all the voters who took part in the referendum, 69.60 percent agreed that online voting should be introduced for national and European elections, while 22.47 percent did not agree.
Finally, 74.48 percent of voters agreed with the idea of excluding those holding public office from the right to reply under the Press Code. 13.26 percent of voters disagreed, according to the Statistics Office of the Slovak Republic.
18. Sep 2010 at 23:40