Voter turnout in local elections was 47.65 percent

A TOTAL of 47.65 percent of the electorate attended local elections in Slovakia on December 2, in which new mayors of towns and villages and members of local councils were elected.

In comparison with the previous local elections in 2002, turnout was nearly two percentage points lower. Peter Mach of the Slovak Statistics Bureau stated that this is a relatively positive trend in comparison with other elections in Slovakia. The voter turnout increased in towns and decreased in villages.

The highest voter turnout was reported in Námestovo (60.84 percent), Veľký Krtíš (60.22 percent) and Štúrovo (60.2 percent) districts. On the other hand, the lowest voter turnout was recorded in Košice (26.54 percent), Bratislava (32.75 percent) and Banská Bystrica (40.75). In two tiny villages in the Svidník district, Havranec and Príkra, the voter turnout was 100 percent. The lowest turnout was in Veľká Lesná municipality in the Stará Ľubovňa district, where only 17.98 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.

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