A mere 875 votes decided the election in Košice

Some other interesting figures arising from the election: lowest turnout in the Nitra Region, only 24.7 percent, highest in the Banská Bystrica Region – 40.3 percent.

Regional election 2017Regional election 2017 (Source: TASR)

How many votes did Marian Kotleba get, how much did the election cost and what was the lowest number of votes sufficient for a regional councillor to be elected?

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Here are some interesting figures from the regional elections:

  • A total of 4,499,219 voters were eligible to cast their vote and in the end, 1,347,761 turned out. Of that number, 564 submitted invalid ballot papers.
  • The turnover was 29.95 percent.
  • The lowest turnout was in the Nitra Region – a mere 24.7 percent. The highest, on the other hand, was in the Banská Bystrica Region with 40.3 percent.
  • The ruling Smer party lost 4 regions: Trnava, Žilina, Prešov and Košice.
  • There will be new regional governors in 6 regions – Bratislava, Trnava, Žilina, Banská Bystrica, Prešov and Košice.
  • The opposition OĽaNO party won 2 regional governor’s positions, the Trnava and Žilina regions. This is the most any right-wing party has ever held but the candidates ran with the support of other parties too.
  • Other regional governors were elected as follows: the opposition SaS – Juraj Droba in Bratislava, the non-parliamentary KDH - Milan Majerský in Prešov; and two independent candidates, Ján Lunter in Banská Bystrica, and Rastislav Trnka in Košice.
  • Erika Jurinová became the first woman elected to be regional governor (Žilina Region).
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  • Marian Kotleba got 23,895 votes less than four years ago; he was elected by 47,502 people and received 23.2 percent.
  • In total 336 people representing the ĽSNS ran for the regional parliaments, while two were elected as councillors – Marian Kotleba and Milan Uhrík.
  • Marian Kotleba received 6,737 votes for councillor, while Milan Uhrík was more popular with 7,246 votes.
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  • Only 161 independent candidates were elected as councillor.
  • The lowest number of votes sufficient for being elected to a council seat was in one of the boroughs of the Bratislava Region: Dušan Dvoran became a councillor with a mere 840 votes. He is aged 63.
  • Peter Oremus in the Nitra Region received the most votes; he was elected by 13,941 voters.
  • Only 875 votes decided the outcome in the Košice Region. Rastislav Trnka got 59,599 votes, while Richard Raši got 58,724.
  • The election cost €10,199,209; and was the fifth election held for the governance of the “higher territorial units”, i.e. self-governing regions.

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