Key facts about Slovenia's parliamentary elections

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Posted: Dec 04, 2011 6:41 AM
Key facts about Slovenia's parliamentary elections

Key facts about Sunday's Slovenian parliamentary elections:

VOTING: Nearly 1.7 million people are eligible to vote. Polls open at 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) and close 12 hours later. Preliminary unofficial results expected around 9 p.m. (2000GMT.)

WHAT'S AT STAKE: Elections are for 90 parliament members _ 88 are chosen from the parties that compete; two by Italian and Hungarian minorities.

MAIN CONTENDERS:

--Slovenian Democrat Party (SDS): Led by former Prime Minister Janez Jansa. It ruled in 2004-2008 and took the country into the eurozone. Projected to win 30 or more percent of votes.

--Positive Slovenia: The election list of former Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Jankovic, who is the most serious challenger to Jansa. Projected to win 20 to 23 percent.

--Social Democrats (SD): Center-left party of outgoing PM Borut Pahor, toppled in September over allegations of mismanagement and corruption. Pahor's party has since regained some support and could win up to 13 percent.

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--The Citizens List: Led by former government minister Gregor Virant, which had vied for the top post until a scandal erupted over generous unemployment benefits he had pocketed. Stands at around around 6 percent.

--Pensioners' Party: A party that draws most of its support from a large elderly population.