Original article (in Slovenian) was published on 28/04/2022
Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) was the winner in 17 electoral districts, which is 59 districts less than in the last parliamentary election, data from the State Election Commission shows.
“We have won in many districts where we have never won before, for example in the centre of Velenje,” said SDS President Janez Janša on 24 April in a statement following the announcement of the partial results of the parliamentary election.
In this year’s parliamentary election, SDS won the highest share of the vote in 17 out of a total of 88 electoral districts, while in 2018 it received the most votes in 76 electoral districts. Compared to 2018, the party didn’t win in any new electoral districts.
SDS did, in point of fact, win in the newly established electoral district Ivančna Gorica, which was created with an amendment to the Act Establishing Constituencies for the Election of Deputies to the National Assembly in February last year. However, in the last election in 2018, the area of this district was part of the electoral district Grosuplje, which was won by SDS.
In accordance with the Act Establishing Constituencies for the Election of Deputies to the National Assembly, the City Municipality of Velenje is divided into two electoral districts, Velenje 1 and Velenje 2. Based on information from the district electoral commission in Velenje, the center of Velenje is located in the electoral district Velenje 1.
This year, as per the results of 26 April, the party that won the highest share of the vote in the electoral district Velenje 1 was the Freedom Movement, while in 2018 it was SDS that received the most votes. At the time when Janša appeared before the press, the State Election Commission website did not provide any data on the number of votes cast in this electoral district.
In the electoral district Velenje 2, the highest share of the vote was won by SDS, which won in this district also in 2018.
SDS did not wish to comment on our findings. Janez Janša’s claim that SDS won in many districts where they hadn’t won before, for example in the center of Velenje, is false.