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Košice governor candidate contested the election result

Incumbent Košice Mayor Richard Raši claims that not all votes for him have been counted. Compiled by Spectator staff ,21. Nov 2017, at 13:15

Richard Raši casting his vote in the regional elections.

Smer follows a downward trend but may escape oblivion

What does the defeat in regional elections mean for the future of Slovakia’s strongest party? Michaela Terenzani ,20. Nov 2017, at 7:05

“How could it be a fiasco when a political party wins most councillors among all parties?” asks PM Robert Fico.

Socialism elections were parody of free vote

After the revolution in 1989 the number of people participating in elections fell from 99 percent to around 60 percent. Roman Cuprik ,16. Nov 2017, at 18:57

Elections during socialism regime.

PM Fico does not admit defeat in regional election

After almost a week, Robert Fico comments on the results of his party in regional elections, claiming it as a success. Compiled by Spectator staff ,13. Nov 2017, at 14:17

PM Fico explians the results of the regional elections for his Smer party.

Kotleba and Trump may lead us back to being better citizens

There is no mystery to defeating populism, extremism and stupidity. Democratic systems have built in solutions to people like Kotleba and Trump — elections. Benjamin Cunningham ,12. Nov 2017, at 18:15

In Zvolen, in Nitra, near Brezno, there are billboards in which Kotleba thanks voters for support.

Graver threat than the fascists

The paths to an illiberal democracy are manifold. One of them is also through the victory of “moral hipsterism”.Pavol Hardoš10. Nov 2017, at 10:16

L-R: SaS' Richard Sulík and OĽaNO' Igor Matovič

Good news: democracy does have an anti-fascist immune response

There are still reasons to worry, but something has changed in Slovakia now that elections have wiped the fascists out at regional level. Michaela Terenzani ,7. Nov 2017, at 21:06

Marian Kotleba (L) and his ĽSNS party members, supporters

Fico is determined to carry on, but is dissatisfied with his people

PM Fico gave his first response to the election results on Monday6. Nov 2017, at 22:09

PM Robert Fico when voting in the regional election.

Election geographer: People voted out Smer in protest

Tibor Madleňák, a political analyst specialising in election geography, says in an interview with The Slovak Spectator that Kotleba had to defend his performance in a political post for the first time - and failed. Michaela Terenzani , Radka Minarechová ,6. Nov 2017, at 19:48

Marian Kotleba and his far-right ĽSNS party are considered main losers of the regional elections.

Smer: We will draw conclusions, replace old and burnt-out people

Some top politicians in the ruling Smer party comment on the regional election results, admitting some unexpected flops and possible changes in their party. Compiled by Spectator staff ,6. Nov 2017, at 13:49

Peter Pellegrini of Smer

Kiska: A self-confident Slovakia won

Slovak President Andrej Kiska thanked voters, and commented on the outcome of the country’s regional election. Compiled by Spectator staff ,6. Nov 2017, at 13:39

President Andrej Kiska

Police investigate regional election’s vote-buying in eastern Slovakia

In some eastern municipalities, suspicions of vote-buying have been reported; while in several villages in western Slovakia, a power blackout caused the closing of election rooms and the postponing of the deadline.6. Nov 2017, at 13:34

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Regional elections show the door to the far right

It would be too early to say extremism has been defeated but the results present a new chance for democracy. Michaela Terenzani , Radka Minarechová ,5. Nov 2017, at 14:42

Marian Kotleba speaks to journalists after casting his vote

Five big things that we’ve learned from the regional election results

Election night on November 4 produced some real upsets: here’s what you need to know Michaela Terenzani ,5. Nov 2017, at 14:06

UPDATED: 5. Nov 2017, at 12:53

Opposition's Droba wins the Bratislava race

The Bratislava Region stays faithful to the right. Radka Minarechová ,5. Nov 2017, at 12:01

l-r: SaS chair Richard Sulík and new governor of Bratislava Region, Juraj Droba
UPDATED: 5. Nov 2017, at 12:35

Regional vote: No to extremism, no to SmerPhoto

The ruling Smer party will only fill two out of eight governor chairs after this election; their numbers in the regional parliaments are also significantly reduced. Michaela Terenzani , Radka Minarechová ,5. Nov 2017, at 11:45

Ján Lunter won in Banská Bystrica
UPDATED: 5. Nov 2017, at 8:31

Extremist Kotleba leaves the post of regional governor in Banská BystricaPhoto

Smer has lost several regional governor posts, preliminary results show. Compiled by Spectator staff ,5. Nov 2017, at 1:37

Ján Lunter defeated extremist Marian Kotleba in Banská Bystrica Region.
UPDATED: 4. Nov 2017, at 23:40

Polling stations close, first preliminary results announcedPhoto

Voters could elect 416 regional deputies and eight governors. Compiled by Spectator staff ,3. Nov 2017, at 20:30

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Moratorium before the elections starts

No form of political campaign, ads or polls can be published until polling stations are closed. Compiled by Spectator staff ,2. Nov 2017, at 13:09

Illustrative stock photo

Voting is an act of integration

Municipal and regional polls are the only chance for those who live and work in Slovakia but do not have a Slovak passport to influence how things develop around them. Michaela Terenzani ,1. Nov 2017, at 16:55

Election, illustrative stock photo

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