Slovakia goes to the polls in general election
The 150 seats in the Národná rada or National Council of Slovakia are up for grabs in their general election today.
In the general election on 10th March 2012 Prime Minister Robert Fico’s centre-left Direction – Social Democracy (Smer-SD) won 83 seats and went on to form the government. In joint second place were the centrist Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and the centre-right Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) with 16 seats apiece.
Most–Híd (MOST), a centrist party came next with 13 seats and two parties, the centre-right Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and former ruling party the centre-right Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party (SDKÚ-DS), took 11 seats each.
The last opinion polls in this election suggest that Smer-SD will remain the largest party with 32.5% of the vote (last time they got 44.4% of the vote) but will fall short of the 76 seats needed for an overall majority. A new centre-right party formed in June 2014 called Network (#SIEŤ) is on course to take 14.5% of the vote with the far-right Slovak National Party (SNS) on 10.5% support. The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) is on 9% and Most–Híd (MOST) has 7%. Parties need to get 5% of the vote to gain representation in parliament and another two parties, the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) and Party of the Hungarian Community (SMK-MKP) might just scrape through.
A total of 23 parties are contesting the election and eleven of them are contesting for the first time. A total of 2882 candidates are standing in the election and there are 5,992 precinct election commissions at which the 4.4 million eligible voters can vote from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.