News on elections and candidates in Slovakia

This election will be about extremism

The stakes are high, times have changed, but ruling politicians are using the same, failed playbook.Michaela Terenzani, 23. Jan 2020, at 11:00

Protest against the far right ĽSNS in Levoča.

The far-right ĽSNS in the game to win 2020 elections

The party is on the rise, achieving its best result in the Focus polls.Compiled by Spectator staff, 16. Jan 2020, at 22:44

The January 2020 Focus poll implies democratic opposition leaders would need Sme Rodina, chaired by Boris Kollár (second from right), to join their coalition if they were to establish the next government.

Poll: Far-right ĽSNS would defeat the democratic opposition

Nine parties would make it to the parliament.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Jan 2020, at 0:06

l-r: Milan Uhrík, Marian Kotleba and Ján Kecskés

SaS joins the opposition’s non-aggression pact

The signature of another opposition party led by Igor Matovič is still missing.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Dec 2019, at 13:46

l-r: Andrej Kiska (Za Ľudí), Michal Truban (PS/Spolu), Richard Sulík (SaS), Alojz Hlina (KDH)

Deadline for those voting from abroad is January 10

Slovaks living abroad may vote in the elections via mail.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Dec 2019, at 13:44

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Former PM and president facing criminal charges

Smer MPs backing party chairman also under investigation.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 13. Dec 2019, at 9:22

Illustrative stock photo: Andrej Kiska (l) and Robert Fico (r)

Who leads the most transparent campaign?

Ethics watchdog Transparency International Slovensko evaluated the first month of the campaign led before the 2020 general election.Compiled by Spectator staff, 12. Dec 2019, at 13:02

Fico absent from the Smer congress due to high blood pressure

Smer is ready to win its fifth elections, PM Peter Pellegrini said. He also ruled out cooperation with the far-right.Compiled by Spectator staff, 9. Dec 2019, at 13:42

Peter Pellegrini speaking at the Smer congress.
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Strange parallels as Britain and Slovakia go to the polls

‘Who should I vote for?’ Slovak friends sometimes ask. I am in no position to offer advice any more.James Thomson, 2. Dec 2019, at 10:42

The idea of demonstrators waving EU flags in Westminster would have seemed faintly ridiculous before 2016; now it is a common sight at moments of parliamentary drama.

Most voters consider a coalition with Kotleba or Harabin unacceptable

The poll shows that the coalition would be acceptable mostly for Smer voters, however.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Nov 2019, at 12:45

Marian Kotleba (l) and Štefan Harabin (r)

Opposition will not join forces before the 2020 election

The blame has been laid at the feet of Andrej Kiska.Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. Nov 2019, at 0:20

Andrej Kiska (Za ľudí), Alojz Hlina (KDH), Michal Truban (PS) and Miroslav Beblavý (Spolu) sign an agrement that the parties will not attack each other before the 2020 elections on November 11, 2019

Slovaks can vote from abroad in the 2020 election

More than 17,000 Slovak voted via post office in 2016 election.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 15. Nov 2019, at 9:10

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Kotleba and Harabin will not join forces before the election

Harabin’s party want to address Smer, the SNS and Sme Rodina.Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. Nov 2019, at 0:18

Marian Kotleba (l) and Štefan Harabin (r)

Kiska is on the rise, but so is Harabin

On the other hand, the one-time opposition leader SaS fell close to the electoral threshold.Compiled by Spectator staff, 11. Nov 2019, at 13:26

l-r: Spolu leader Miroslav Beblavý, PS leader Michal Truban, Za Ľudí chair Andrej Kiska and KDH chair Alojz Hlina

Slovak media are critical of extended moratorium on polls

The longer ban gives way to the spreading of misinformation, they claim.Compiled by Spectator staff, 5. Nov 2019, at 21:42

The media have condemned the change, approved by MPs, that extends the moratorium to 50 days

Most Slovaks oppose the 50-day moratorium

The change still awaits the president’s signature.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Nov 2019, at 13:29

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Date for general election set

Several changes will be applied to the eighth parliamentary election in the era of independent Slovakia.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Nov 2019, at 13:23

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Triple coalition PS/Spolu/Za Ľudí? Not for now

Kiska said no, but there are talks about a broader pre-election coalition across opposition parties.Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. Oct 2019, at 15:24

Left to right: Igor Matovič (OĽaNO), Ondrej Dostál (OKS), Richard Sulík (SaS), Miroslav Beblavý (Spolu), Michal Truban (PS), Andrej Kiska (Za Ľudí), Alojz Hlina (KDH)
UPDATED: 23. Oct 2019, at 11:57

SMK rejected the agreement on cooperation with Most-Híd

The parties representing the Hungarian minority originally planned to create a joint slate with another political subject.Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. Oct 2019, at 12:31

Most-Híd chair Béla Bugár (l) and SMK leader Tibor Menyhart (r)

Will Kotleba and Harabin cooperate in the election?

ĽSNS chair Marian Kotleba invited Štefan Harabin to collaborate. He expects a response by the end of October.Compiled by Spectator staff, 18. Oct 2019, at 0:44

Marian Kotleba