ONLY 13.05 percent of Slovak voters cast their vote in the elections to the European Parliament (EP), according to the official results announced on May 25, remaining true to the country’s reputation of posting low turnouts since joining the EU in 2004
The ruling Smer party will take four mandates in the European Parliament, which is a decline for the party compared to its current five seats in the parliament. Smer has received the biggest number of votes in the EP election, 24.09 percent.
Polling stations closed in Slovakia yesterday evening, but the Statistics Office was only allowed to publish the results after voting was over in all EU member states, some of which held the vote on Sunday, too.
The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) came in second with 13.21 percent of the votes, thus sending two deputies to the European Parliament, according to the official results.
The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) got 7.75 percent of the vote and is likely to have two mandates in the EP as well. The rest of the parties will have one mandate each, the estimates suggest.
Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) received 7.46 percent. NOVA collected 6.83 percent while Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) picked 6.66 percent of the vote.
The non-parliamentary Party of the Hungarian Community (SMK) got 6.53 percent and Most-Híd collected 5.83 percent of the vote, unofficial results published by Sme.sk suggest.
The distribution of Slovakia’s 13 seats in the EP is as follows: Smer gets four seats (Maroš Šefčovič, Monika Flašíková Beňová, Boris Zala and Vladimír Maňka), KDH (Anna Záborská and Miroslav Mikolášik) and SDKÚ (Eduard Kukan and Ivan Štefanec) get two seats, while all the other elected parties get one seat each: Branislav Škripek (OĽaNO), Jana Žitňanská (NOVA), Richard Sulík (SaS), Pál Csáky (SMK), and József Nagy (Most-Híd).
Observers have been concerned about the low turnout in the elections, as in the previous two votes in 2004 and 2009, Slovakia reported the lowest turnout among all EU countries.
This time around, with turnout at 13 percent, Slovakia remains the EU’s black sheep, posting the lowest turnout of any EU country.
The Slovak Spectator will provide more detailed reporting on the election results tomorrow.
25. May 2014 at 23:28