Twenty-nine slates qualify for EP election, with 333 candidates

THE CENTRAL electoral committee has registered 29 parties for the upcoming election to the European Parliament (EP), containing a total of 333 candidates, including 80 women, Eva Chmelová of the Central Electoral Committee told the TASR newswire on March 25.

THE CENTRAL electoral committee has registered 29 parties for the upcoming election to the European Parliament (EP), containing a total of 333 candidates, including 80 women, Eva Chmelová of the Central Electoral Committee told the TASR newswire on March 25.

The election to the European Parliament, which will be held on Saturday, May 24, is the third of its kind in Slovakia's history. The voter turnout in the previous vote, held in 2009, was only 19.64 percent, the lowest figure in the entire European Union. A total of 16 political parties competed for seats in the EP in the 2009 election.

Slovakia currently has 13 MEPs in the body: Monika Flašíková-Beňová, Vladimír Maňka, Katarína Nevedalová, Monika Smolková and Boris Zala (all five Smer), Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MEPs Eduard Kukan and Peter Šťastný, Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) MEPs Anna Záborská and Miroslav Mikolášik, Hungarian Community Party (SMK) representatives Edit Bauer and Alajos Meszáros, non-parliament Slovak National Party (SNS) MEP Jaroslav Paška, and Sergej Kozlík, nominated by the Movement for Democratic Slovakia (HZDS).

(Source: TASR)
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