2018 Slovak local elections

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The 2018 Slovak local elections were held on Saturday, 10 November 2018, to elect deputies to municipality councils, city councils and mayors, including mayors of boroughs and members of their councils in Bratislava and Košice.[1]

The turnout slightly increased compared to last elections in 2014 to 48.67%.[2] The highest turnout rate was recorded in Prešov Region (53.18%), and the lowest turnout rate in Bratislava Region (43.74%). Locally the highest percentage of votes cast was in Chorváty, Košice-okolie District (89.88%, 80 out of 89), and the lowest in Košice's borough Luník IX (19.44%, 862 out of 4,434).[3]

In 762 cities and municipalities, only one candidate ran for mayor, therefore, these candidates needed only one vote to be elected. These included two cities with more than 20,000 inhabitants, Brezno and Šaľa. In five municipalities, there was no candidate for mayor.[4]

Electoral system[edit]

The commune elections in Slovakia use the one-round system for all elected seats. Mayoral elections utilize the first-past-the-post voting system compared to local councils where voters choose from the list same number of candidates as are representing theirs electoral district. The candidates with the highest number of votes are elected.[5]

Overall results[edit]

The following tables summarize the elected mayors and council deputies by their party affiliation.

Mayor elections[edit]

Summary of the 10 November 2018 mayor election results in Slovakia[6][7]
Parties and coalitions 2014 Results 2018 Results
% Total number % Total number
Independent candidates (NEKA) 37.95 1,104 42.42 1,232
Direction – Social Democracy (SMER-SD) 29.11 847 20.38 592
Coalitions of government parties (SMER-SD, SNS, MOST-HÍD) [a] 8.03 234
Other parties and coalitions 18.35 552 7.19 222
Slovak National Party (SNS) 1.40 41 5.50 160
Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) 4.19 122 5.40 157
Most–Híd 2.99 87 4.37 127
Party of the Hungarian Community (SMK-MKP) 3.67 107 3.96 115
Coalition of Most–Híd and Party of the Hungarian Community (SMK-MKP) 1.03 30 1.06 31
Coalitions of opposition parties (SaS, OĽaNO, NOVA and Sme rodina) 0.63 19[b] 0.59 18
TOGETHER – Civic Democracy (SPOLU) [c] 0.55 16
Total 2,909 2,904
  1. ^ Single party government of SMER-SD
  2. ^ Coalitions of opposition parties (KDH, OĽaNO, Most–Híd, SDKÚ-DS and SaS)
  3. ^ Did not exist.

Council deputies[edit]

Summary of the 10 November 2018 council deputies election results in Slovakia[6][7]
Parties and coalitions 2014 Results 2018 Results
% Total number % Total number
Independent candidates (NEKA) 37.95 6,000 35.36 7,301
Direction – Social Democracy (SMER-SD) 24.68 5,123 17.88 3,692
Other parties and coalitions 20.14 4,179 11.42 2,359
Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) 10.55 2,190 11.38 2,350
Slovak National Party (SNS) 4.05 841 8.12 1,678
Party of the Hungarian Community (SMK-MKP) 5.54 1,151 6.04 1,248
Most–Híd 3.99 829 4.43 915
Coalitions of government parties (SMER-SD, SNS, MOST-HÍD) [a] 2.18 453
TOGETHER – Civic Democracy (SPOLU) [b] 1.38 285
Coalitions of opposition parties (SaS, OĽaNO, NOVA, Sme rodina) 0.45 104[c] 1.00 214
National coalition 1.61 336[d] 0.73 151
Total 20,753 20,646
  1. ^ Single party government of SMER-SD
  2. ^ Did not exist.
  3. ^ Coalitions of opposition parties (KDH, OĽaNO, Most–Híd, SDKÚ-DS and SaS)
  4. ^ As Party of Democratic Slovakia (SDS)

Results in major cities[edit]

Bratislava[edit]

The incumbent mayor Ivo Nesrovnal elected as independent candidate decided to run for second term, however, he was defeated by architect and civil activist Matúš Vallo, supported by Progressive Slovakia and Together - Civic Democracy who became new mayor and another independent candidate and former director-general of Radio and Television of Slovakia, Václav Mika.[8]

Out of 17 new elected mayors of boroughs were 10 independent candidates and 7 candidates with the support of different centre-right coalitions - each with Freedom and Solidarity, We Are Family and New Majority.[9]

Summary of the 10 November 2018 elections in Bratislava[10][11]
Mayor City Council
Candidate Votes % Diagram Parties and coalitions Seats
Matúš Vallo (Team Vallo, PS-SPOLU) 58,578 36.54
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Independent candidates (NEKA) 17
Václav Mika (NEKA) 36,661 22.87 Centre-right coalition[a] 15
Ivo Nesrovnal (NEKA) 29,531 18.42 Coalition of PS-SPOLU 13
Ján Mrva (OĽaNO, SaS, Sme rodina, KDH and others[a]) 27,689 17.27
Iveta Plšeková (NEKA) 2,445 1.53
Roman Ruhig (SNJ-sv) 2,010 1.25
Others 3,390 2.11
Total 160,304 45
Valid votes 160,304 98.01
Invalid votes 3,264 1.99
Votes cast / turnout 163,558 40.68
Registered voters 402,062
  1. ^ a b OĽaNO, SaS, Sme rodina, KDH, OKS, NOVA, Zmena zdola, DÚS

Košice[edit]

The previous mayor, 2014-elected Richard Raši (SMER-SD), resigned from office after his appointment to new government as Deputy Prime Minister.[12] Responsibility for the mayor office was taken over by Martin Petruško (SMER-SD). The campaign was influenced by rumored child harassment scandal of opposition candidate, Jaroslav Polaček that caused his loss of support from few major political parties. These rumors were later demented and Polaček won the election.[13][14]

Out of 22 new elected mayors of boroughs were 13 independent candidates, 7 candidates with the support of different centre-right coalitions - each with Freedom and Solidarity and Christian Democratic Movement, 1 candidate of Direction – Social Democracy and 1 from Party of the Romani Coalition.[15]

Summary of the 10 November 2018 elections in Košice[16][17]
Mayor City Council
Candidate Votes % Diagram Parties and coalitions Seats
Jaroslav Polaček (SaS, KDH, SMK-MKP, NOVA, OKS) 29,157 43.29
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Independent candidates (NEKA) 18
Martin Petruško (SMER-SD, SNS) 16,044 23.82 Centre-right coalition led by SaS[a] 12
Alena Bašistová (NEKA) 10,001 14.85 Direction – Social Democracy 4
Viliam Novotný (Šanca) 6,084 9.03 Centre-right coalition led by OĽaNO[b] 4
Vladimír Vágási (Most-Híd) 1,325 1.97 Sport for Košice and the East (ŠKV) 1
Džemal Kodrazi (NEKA) 1,061 1.58 TOGETHER – Civic Democracy 1
Štefán Horváth (Národná koalícia) 733 1.09 Party of the Romani Coalition 1
Others 2,943 4.37
Total 67,348 41
Valid votes 67,348 95.30
Invalid votes 3,319 4.70
Votes cast / turnout 70,667 35.72
Registered voters 197,859
  1. ^ SaS, KDH, SMK-MKP, NOVA, OKS
  2. ^ OĽaNO, Sme rodina, Zmena zdola, DÚS, DS

Prešov[edit]

Andrea Turčanová - the incumbent mayor elected with support of center-right coalition confirmed in February 2018 intention to candidate for re-election. Her biggest rival was the former mayor (2006-2014) and independent candidate Pavel Hagyari.[18][19]

Summary of the 10 November 2018 elections in Prešov[20][21]
Mayor City Council
Candidate Votes % Diagram Parties and coalitions Seats
Andrea Turčanová (KDH, OĽaNO, NOVA) 14,205 45.73
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Coalition of KDH, OĽaNO, NOVA 12
Pavel Hagyari (NEKA) 8,921 28.72 Independent candidates (NEKA) 8
Richard Drutarovský (PS-SPOLU, OKS) 2,648 8.53 Coalition of SMER-SD, SNS, Most-Híd 8
Miroslav Benko (SMER-SD, SNS, Most-Híd) 2,560 8.24 Coalition of PS, SPOLU and OKS 2
František Oľha (SaS, Sme rodina, Šanca, DS) 2,360 7.60 Centre-right coalition[a] 1
Others 366 1.18
Total 31,060 31
Valid votes 31,060 99.14
Invalid votes 270 0.86
Votes cast / turnout 31,330 42.20
Registered voters 72,251

Žilina[edit]

Mayor of Žilina - Igor Choma (SMER-SD) announced he was not going to run for re-election. On the other hand, in Žilina occurred increased number of independent candidates elected to council. Election was won by Peter Fiabáne (NEKA) who was externally supported by both liberal and conservative center-right parties.[22][23]

Summary of the 10 November 2018 elections in Žilina[24]
Mayor City Council
Candidate Votes % Diagram Parties and coalitions Seats
Peter Fiabáne (NEKA) 13,876 48.06
Slovakia Žilina City Council 2018.svg
Independent candidates (NEKA) 25
Patrik Groma (NEKA) 7,142 24.74 Coalition of OĽaNO, SaS, OKS, NOVA 3
Martin Kapitulík (NEKA) 3,754 13.00 Direction – Social Democracy 1
Ľudmila Chudelková (NEKA) 2,548 8.83 Christian Democratic Movement 1
Ján Púček (ĽSNS) 917 3.18 TOGETHER - Civic Democracy 1
Others 635 2.20
Total 28,872 31
Valid votes 28,872 98.78
Invalid votes 357 1.22
Votes cast / turnout 29,229 41.30
Registered voters 70,771

Banská Bystrica[edit]

Summary of the 10 November 2018 elections in Banská Bystrica[25]
Mayor City Council
Candidate Votes % Diagram Parties and coalitions Seats
Ján Nosko (NEKA) 18,281 75.19
Slovakia Banská Bystrica City Council 2018.svg
Independent candidates (NEKA) 20
Igor Kašpar (OĽaNO, SaS, Sme rodina, KDH, PS) 5,490 22.58 Coalition of SMER-SD and SNS 8
Jozef Sásik (SĽSAH) 401 1.65 Centre-right coalition[a] 3
Peter Peuker (NAJ) 140 0.57
Total 24,312 31
Valid votes 24,312 97.88
Invalid votes 527 2.12
Votes cast / turnout 24,839 39.75
Registered voters 65,485

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