‘Defeated by the quorum’

Published on 21 October 2013 at 10:43

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In a referendum on October 20, exactly 6,733 citizens of San Marino, 50.28 per cent of those who voted, backed a plan to apply for accession to the EU. However, in the context of a low turnout, those in favour of accession represent only 20.22 per cent of the microstate’s electorate. For the vote to be binding, 32 per cent of the electorate would have to have voted in favour.
The absence of a quorum is a recurring problem with referendums in the republic, and one that La Tribuna Sammarinese wants to see remedied —

… if we want to find the strength to overcome political stagnation, those in power should examine this problem with a view to concluding a possible agreement on the abolition of the quorum.

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