The people of Ljubljana elected Zoran Janković, the current mayor.
In Maribor, Aleksander Saša Arsenovič and Franc Kangler, who has already been mayor of this city, will move to the second round.
In Koper, the majority of votes were won by the current mayor Boris Popovič, while in Celje the current mayor Bojan Šrot also stays sin charge, although in Koper there will also a second round, with Popovič facing Aleš Bržan.
In Murska Sobota, Novo mesto and Velenje, returning mayors were announced shortly after the closure of the polling stations: these are Dr. Aleksander Jevšek, Gregor Macedoni and Bojan Kontič.
In Ptuj, Nuška Gajšek and dr. Štefan Čelan, Nova Gorica Matej Arčon and dr. Klemen Miklavič and V Slovenj Gradec Tilen Klugler and Andrej Čas.
In many places, voters could circle only one number in front of the candidate’s name on the ballot and there were no difficult choices.
It was somewhat more tense elsewhere, since people did not know until late into the evening who will decide the future of the place.
This year’s local elections made an impressions, with more voters than four years ago, and more than in the National Assembly elections [earlier this year].
This is encouraging news, because the future is decided by those who go to vote, and not those who stay at home.
Voter participation throughout Slovenia was said to be 46.92 percent by the end of voting, and on Monday data showed that 50.61 people voted. The highest participation was in Solčava, where 84.23% of voters turned up. According to Monday’s data, the lowest was in Vojnik (35.47).
The second round of elections will take place on December 2nd.
Points to Consider
- Why some people do not go to elections?
- Who decides for them?
- What is the role of the mayor?
The original version of this article was published on November 19th.