EP ELECTIONS: Slovakia’s opposition parties say the right won over the left

AFTER the June 6 elections, representation of Slovakia’s three parliamentary opposition parties will shrink from eight seats to six in the European Parliament. In spite of this loss of two mandates, the opposition parties see the results in a positive light saying that in total the three right-centre parties have netted more seats than the left-centre Smer party, which finished the preliminary vote-count with five mandates.

AFTER the June 6 elections, representation of Slovakia’s three parliamentary opposition parties will shrink from eight seats to six in the European Parliament. In spite of this loss of two mandates, the opposition parties see the results in a positive light saying that in total the three right-centre parties have netted more seats than the left-centre Smer party, which finished the preliminary vote-count with five mandates.

According to preliminary results, the strongest opposition party, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) will have two representatives in the EP as will the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH). The Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) captured two seats. SDKÚ and KDH have each lost one seat while SMK has kept the two seats that it had in the last European Parliament.

SDKÚ representatives did not hide their disappointment after the preliminary results were announced. They still hope that the final results may give the party by one more mandate. According to the preliminary results, Eduard Kukan, at the top of the SDKÚ candidate list, will make it to the EP as well as Peter Šťastný of SDKÚ who currently serves in the EP.

“These are only preliminary results,” said Kukan, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “The results are very close. It is necessary to wait for the mathematical calculations and definitive results.”

The third mandate is the sole thing, which the SDKÚ misses to be completely satisfied with the EP elections, SDKÚ leader Mikuláš Dzurinda said on June 7.

“I am absolutely sure that that both MEPs for SDKÚ will defend national and state interests of Slovakia in the European Parliament,” said Dzurinda as cited by TASR.

KDH leader Pavol Hrušovský said on June 7 that the party regards its gaining of two EP seats as a very good result. Anna Záborská and Miroslav Mikolášik were re-elected as the MEPs representing the party, according to the preliminary results, meaning a loss of one seat since KDH had three deputies in the EP’s previous term, TASR wrote. The candidate at the top of KDH’s list, Martin Fronc, apparently failed to make it to the EP as voters could select preferential candidates from each party’s list.

Hrušovský thinks that winning two mandates was a good result because of problems in Slovakia’s domestic political scene during the last two years as well as some problems inside the KDH.

When commenting on the preliminary results, Hrušovský said that the elections have shown that there is no single party able to compete head-to-head with the Smer party, but when all right-centre votes and mandates are added together, they netted more than Smer.

The SMK has successfully undergone three challenges during recent times, SMK leader Pál Csáky said when commenting on the preliminary EP results on June 7, TASR wrote. The presidential election in April/May was the first challenge, the election of the mayor in the town of Dunajská Streda was the second and Saturday’s voting for MEPs was the third, according to Csáky.

SMK’s leadership evaluates the results of the balloting on Saturday in Slovakia as a success.

“Our goal was to keep our potential in the EP,” Csáky said when reacting to the preliminary results. According to those results, SMK will keep its two seats in EP and Edit Bauer will be returning and Alajos Mészáros should serve his first term in the EP.

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