2017 Slovenian presidential election

Slovenian presidential election, 2017

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 Borut Pahor 2010-10-08.jpgMarjan Šarec in Logatec 2017.jpg
NomineeBorut PahorMarjan Šarec
Popular vote378,307334,239

President before election

Borut Pahor

Elected President

Borut Pahor

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Presidential elections were held in Slovenia on 22 October 2017. Nine candidates ran in the elections, including the incumbent President of Slovenia Borut Pahor. No candidate received a majority of the vote, resulting in a run-off between Pahor and Marjan Šarec that was held on 12 November 2017.[1] Pahor won the run-off with 53% of the vote;[2] voter turnout in the second round was 42.13%, the lowest in any presidential election since independence.[3]

Electoral system

The President of Slovenia is elected using the two-round system; if no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the first round, the top two candidates contest a runoff.[4]

Under Slovenian Election Law, candidates for president are required to meet one of three criteria:

  • The support of ten members of the National Assembly
  • The support of one or more political parties and either three members of the National Assembly or signatures from 3,000 voters
  • Signatures from 5,000 voters

Each political party can support only one candidate.