PRESIDENTIAL VOTE: Fico wins first round to face Kiska in the run-off, official results confirm

THE RESULTS of the first round of the presidential elections did not bring any surprises. Robert Fico, prime minister and official candidate of Smer, will face independent candidate Andrej Kiska in the run-off of the election, scheduled two weeks from now, on March 29.

THE RESULTS of the first round of the presidential elections did not bring any surprises. Robert Fico, prime minister and official candidate of Smer, will face independent candidate Andrej Kiska in the run-off of the election, scheduled two weeks from now, on March 29.

Based on the official results released by the Statistics’ Office, Fico won the first round of the election with 28 percent of the vote (531,919 votes), followed by Kiska with 24 percent (455,996 votes). Opinion polls have suggested this result for several weeks in the run-up to the election.

Independent candidates Milan Kňažko and Radoslav Procházka, who were also considered to have a chance of making it to the second round, fell out of the running. Procházka received 21.24 percent of the vote (403,548 votes), while Kňažko earned the support of 12.86 percent of voters (244,401 votes).

The nominee of the Party of Hungarian Community (SMK) Gyula Bárdos received 5.1 percent of the vote (97,035 votes), while the official candidate of the People’s Platform, Christian-Democratic MP Pavol Hrušovský, garnered the support of 3.33 percent of the voters (63,298 votes).

Other candidates received the following support: Helena Mezenská 2.37 percent (45,180 votes), Ján Jurišta 0.64 percent (12,209 votes), Ján Čarnogurský 0.64 percent (12,207 votes), Viliam Fischer 0.5 percent (9,514), Jozef Behýl 0.48 percent (9,126), Milan Melník 0.4 percent (7,678), Jozef Šimko 0.24 percent (4,674), and Stanislav Martinčko 0.13 percent (2,547).

The turnout was low, only 43.4 percent.

The Slovak Spectator will provide a more extensive report on the election results later on Sunday.

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