Prague, January 22 – Bratislava TV channel TA3 reported, citing the state statistical department, that the referendum on amendments to the Slovak Constitution was declared invalid due to low turnout. This would be the eighth such case in the 30-year history of independent Slovakia.
According to unofficial figures from the Census Bureau, 97% of those who voted support changes to the constitution. Official results of the referendum are due to be published on Sunday.
The referendum was initiated by the opposition Kors-Social Democracy party, which in 2022 has collected more than 380,000 signatures on a petition to this effect. None of the republic’s top leaders took part in the referendum – neither the president, nor the speaker of parliament, nor the acting prime minister.
This is already the ninth referendum in the 30-year history of independent Slovakia, the validity of which was recognized, due to the low turnout, on the republic’s accession to the European Union (2003). 52.15% of voters participated in it. Almost all of the rest was devoted to domestic problems.