Fico comments on low turnout in EP election

PRIME Minister Robert Fico thanked the 13 percent of voters who took part in the European Parliament (EP) election over the weekend in an official statement issued on May 26.

PRIME Minister Robert Fico thanked the 13 percent of voters who took part in the European Parliament (EP) election over the weekend in an official statement issued on May 26.

"The extremely low voter turnout in Slovakia does not allow drawing any political science conclusions from the results of individual political parties," Fico noted in a statement, as quoted by the SITA newswire. Fico’s ruling Smer party won the election but lost one seat in the EP and saw its voter support decline compared to polls.

On the other hand, the prime minister fully respects the decision of 87 percent of Slovak citizens not to vote.

"The attitude of voters in Slovakia is proof that the subject of the European Parliament is not at the centre of attention of the electorate in our country," SITA quoted him as stating.

However, according to Robert Fico, the fact that for the third consecutive time the Slovak Republic recorded the lowest turnout in the EP elections across the EU requires an open dialogue of all political parties and institutions involved.

"The record low turnout in Slovakia can be attributed to a persistent lack of media interest in the European agenda, which, while often extremely important, is presented in an unattractive and incomprehensible way,” he charged.

Fico welcomed the final vote count of the leader of Smer’s slate Maroš Šefčovič, who came in first with the highest number of preferential votes among all candidates, and stated that the government will nominate Šefčovič to the next European Commission “for the post corresponding to his past achievents”.

Šefčovič in the ending term held the post of the EC vice-president and commissioner for inter-institutional relations and administration.

Source: SITA

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