Slovakia: Referendum on constitutional revision to allow early elections

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The Slovak Constitution stipulates that the Parliament cannot be dissolved before the end of the four-year term, even if a government collapses and it is not possible to form a new coalition that would secure a parliamentary majority.

Slovaks go to the polls today in a referendum on constitutional revision that will allow early elections to be called, as is customary in other EU countries.

The Slovak Constitution stipulates that the Parliament cannot be dissolved before the end of the four-year term, even if a government collapses and it is not possible to form a new coalition that would secure a parliamentary majority.

The center-left opposition requested the holding of a referendum, after first collecting around 400,000 signatures from citizens with the right to vote.

A conservative three-party coalition is currently in power, lacking a parliamentary majority. The opinion polls do not give him any chance in case early elections are called. For this reason, after all, the parties that make it up tried to prevent the holding of a referendum.

The referendum will be considered valid if the participation exceeds 50%. Such a voter turnout has never been achieved in Slovakia, except in the referendum on the country’s EU membership 20 years ago.

The next parliamentary elections in Slovakia are scheduled for February 2024.

The polling stations will open at 7 am and the polls will close at 10:00 pm (local time, 11:00 pm Greek time).

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