IN THE FIRST round of regional elections, 22.9-percent of the 4,397,619 eligible voters cast their abllots, according to the official results announced by the Central Elections Commission on November 15.
The highest turnout was in Banská Bystrica Region with 27.60 percent of voters taking part followed by Prešov Region with 26.32 percent. The lowest turnout was in Bratislava Region at 19.46 percent, newswire SITA reported.
As of the number of mandates obtained in the elections, the coalition of Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) and Smer was the most successful with its 101 deputies of the total of 408 elected regional parliamentary deputies. It represents a 24.80 percent share. Independent candidates will hold 55 seats, 13.50 percent, while the centre-right coalition of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union and the Christian Democratic Movement will have 50 seats representing a 12.30 percent share, the Slovak Statistics Office reported.