Kotleba will face fewer rivals in regional governor race

Three candidates announced their resignation in the campaign for regional elections in a live televised debate on October 24.

Candidate for Banská Bystrica governor Ivan Saktor, in an earlier election debate. Candidate for Banská Bystrica governor Ivan Saktor, in an earlier election debate. (Source: Sme - Ján Krošlák)

Two weeks before the regional elections, Ivan Saktor (independent), Michal Kantor (Green Party of Slovakia) and Vojtech Kökény (Party of Roma Coalition) announced they would withdraw from the campaign for regional governor. Marian Kotleba, incumbent governor in Banská Bystrica Region, also participated in the televised debate on the public-service RTVS, the Sme daily wrote.

“I renounce on behalf of democracy,” said Saktor, former Banská Bystrica city mayor, as quoted by Sme. “Democracy means that many people will come to cast their vote and choose the candidate freely, according to their will.”

Saktor knew that he did not have a real chance of winning. He firmly stated that he would not elect the campaign’s favourite candidate, businessman Ján Lunter (independent), also slamming the group of candidates like independent MP Viera Dubačová or Lýdia Priehodová as “a destructive suite”.

Kökény, on the contrary, recommended the picking of Lunter, and argued “that this would benefit changes”.

The last resigning candidate, Kantor, recommended his voters to vote for independent candidate Igor Kašper, as “he knows the region best, since he walked across it all”.

Issues dominating the political debate were the unemployment rate and transport infrastructure, also criticism of the incumbent governor, Sme wrote.

Several candidates gave up their candidacies, mostly to the benefit of Lunter – outspokenly recommending him, e.g. opposition SaS’ Martin Klus and independent Stanislav Mičev. Still, ten more candidates are vying for the position of Banská Bystrica regional governor.

Read also:Mičev gave up candidacy to the benefit of LunterRead more 

Top stories

News digest: Bratislava avoids strictest measures thanks to vaccination rate

The coalition disputes are not over. Police broke up an organised group of smugglers in eastern Slovakia.


4 h
Bratislava Mayor Matúš Vallo speaks to foreigners at [fjúžn] festival's "Ask the Mayor" event.

Foreigner’s community has a big voice, but it needs to be more organised

Bratislava Mayor Matúš Vallo addressed the questions and concerns of foreigners in Bratislava during a special Q&A.


5 h
In the Tehelné Pole zone, the pilot parking policy will be replaced by the city-wide parking policy.

Parking in Bratislava changes. Required registration opens soon

Three boroughs will join the new city-wide system, inhabitants will be required to register.


22. sep

Anti-vax mobilisation starting to look like a losing strategy

Several countries no longer rely on positive motivation to get vaccinated against Covid.


10 h
Skryť Close ad