The campaign goes to parliament after the last polls

SNS and Smer are ready to spend a lot of money to save their numbers ahead of the election.

Peter Pellegrini's cabinet sent costly measures to parliament just days before the election. Peter Pellegrini's cabinet sent costly measures to parliament just days before the election. (Source: TASR)

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The last polls before the moratorium confirm OĽaNO as the momentary opposition leader, SNS and Smer campaign from the parliament and Kočner faces 20 years in prison in a case that will most likely be wrapped up before elections.

Last two polls before elections

As of Saturday, the Slovak public is only left guessing how support for political parties among voters will develop in the run up to election day in less than two weeks.

The two polls of the Focus and AKO polling agencies published just before the moratorium on polls kicked in confirmed some trends that had been visible before: most notably the decline of Smer and SNS support and the rise of Igor Matovič’s OĽaNO as the strongest opposition party.

Observers do not rule out that Matovič and his movement might even win the election, which leaves the opposition in quite a pickle about who’s going to be the prime minister if they really get a chance to exchange the current ruling forces in government. Matovič did not say an explicit no, nor did Eduard Heger, a not-so-well-known OĽaNO MP who has been mentioned in connection with the prime ministerial post.

Presidential candidate Róbert Mistrík, who stepped down in favour of Zuzana Čaputová in the 2019 presidential race, and who has also been mentioned as the possible prime minister for a potential centre-right government, also avoided giving a definite no. In fact, in an interview with Denník N, he said that if there was a possibility to join the opposition, he would take off his jeans, put on his suit and go for it.

SNS and Smer take their campaign to parliament

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