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VUC VOTE: 21.1 percent of voters attended regional elections

IN THE first round of regional elections, 20.1 percent of 4,463,039 eligible voters cast their ballots, according to the official results announced by the Central Elections Commission on November 10.

IN THE first round of regional elections, 20.1 percent of 4,463,039 eligible voters cast their ballots, according to the official results announced by the Central Elections Commission on November 10.

The highest turnout was in Banská Bystrica Region with 24.6 percent of voters taking part, followed by Prešov Region with 22.1 percent. The lowest turnout was in Trenčín Region at 17.4 percent and Trnava Region at 17.5 percent.

As of the number of mandates obtained in the elections, the Smer party was the most successful with its 162 deputies of the total of 408 elected regional parliamentary deputies. It represents a 39.7 percent share, according to calculations by daily Sme.

In Bratislava Region, the coalition of Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Most-Híd, Party of Hungarian Community (SMK), Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), Civic Conservative Party (OKS) and the Green Party will have 34 deputies while Smer will have a single deputy.

In Banská Bystrica, the coalition of Smer and KDH will have 25 deputies, while independent candidates will hold 13 seats; in Trenčín Smer will have 25 deputies, while the coalition of KDH, SDKÚ, Most, New Majority-Agreement (NOVA), SaS, OKS will have eight.

In Žilina, Smer will have 19 seats, while the KDH, Most, SaS, SDKÚ coalition will have 16, the same number independent candidates will hold there. In Trnava, Smer will hold 12 seats, while SMK will hold 11 and the KDH and SDKÚ coalition will have seven. In Košice, Smer will hold 26 seats and the KDH, Most-Híd and SDKÚ will have 15. Independent candidates will have 11 seats.

Smer will have 35 deputies in Prešov, leaving 19 seats to the KDH, SDKÚ and Most-Híd coalition and six seats to independent candidates. Nitra will have 32 deputies supported by Smer and the KDH and 14 supported by the SMK, with the coalition of Most, Nova, OKS, SaS, SDKÚ having only three.

Independent candidates will hold 73 seats, 17.89 percent, the Statistics Office reported.

Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports

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