The Political Struggle between the Liberal and Catholic Political Camp in the Slovene Part of the Yugoslav State and the First Elections in the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes

  • Blaž Vurnik MestnimuzejLjubljana, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Gosposka ul. 15
Keywords: elections, politics, National Assembly, electoral legislation, the Vidovdan Constitution, the Kingdom of the SCS


The text deals with the beginnings of the political development in the first Yugoslav state from the viewpoint of parliamentarism and electoral legislation. In March 1919, the Provisional National Representation was constituted by means of a decree, since it was impossible to carry out elections. After operating for a year and a half this body issued the law on the election of national representatives to the Constituent Assembly of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. The paper also deals with such questions as franchise, the mandate distribution and the voting system. The elections to the Constituent Assembly, on 28 November 1920, were the first test for the electoral legislation which proved to favour stronger rather than weaker political parties. The electoral campaign, both at the Yugoslav and Slovene levels, proved to be an arena of sharp and ruthless political struggle between the traditional political camps.