|0The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) emerged as the winner of the first elections for the European Parliament, plagued by extremely low voter turnout. The SDKÚ took victory with 17.09 percent of the votes, overtaking the opposition party Movement for a Democratic Slovakia by five-hundredths of a percent. Opposition Smer came out third with 16.89 percent. The fourth-ranking Christian Democratic Movement gained just over 16 percent. All four parties will hold three seats in the newly-elected European assembly. The Hungarian Coalition Party will be the fifth Slovak party to be represented in the EP. Two of the party’s nominees will be members of Slovakia’s 14-member representation. The New Citizen’s Alliance is the only ruling party to fail to reach the required 7 percent mark to make it into the EP. The opposition Communist Party of Slovakia also fell short of that limit. The first elections for the EP ever to be held in Slovakia will be remembered for the unforeseen reluctance of voters to participate. Only 16.96 percent of eligible Slovaks cast their vote.
14. Jun 2004 at 0:00 | Lukáš Fila