Prime Minister Robert Fico’s Smer party has received more than 32 percent of the votes cast in the European elections in Slovakia and thus will hold five seats in the new European Parliament (EP) according to unofficial preliminary election results. Pavol Paška, the vice-chairman of the party, said Smer was definitely the winner in Slovakia’s European elections.
“All of our sympathisers as well as commentators evaluate the preliminary results as an absolute victory by Smer,” Paška said in a discussion on the public service STV channel, as quoted by the SITA newswire.
On the other hand, Anna Belousovová, the vice-chairwoman of one of the junior coalition partners, the Slovak National Party (SNS), which finished Saturday’s elections with just slightly more than the 5 percent vote-count needed to get one seat in the EP, was not satisfied with the results. According to preliminary results, SNS’s one representative in the EP will be the party’s vice-chairman, Jaroslav Paška, who is seen as one of the more moderate party members. Belousovová said she was pleased that he will be SNS’s deputy in the EP.
Though disappointed she said on public service broadcaster STV that “on the other hand, it’s the first time that SNS will have its deputy in the EP,” as reported by SITA.
According to Belousovová, the results were influenced by the “heavy media campaign, which brought into play all of our faults”. She added that such a campaign has never been seen in Slovakia before.
However, it is also a signal for SNS to reconsider its politics, she said.