Bratislava, November 11 (TASR) – Independent mayoral candidates dominated Saturday’s local elections, as they were elected in 1,232 towns and villages in Slovakia, representing 42.42 percent of the total, TASR learnt from the State Electoral Commission, which confirmed the official results of the elections on Sunday afternoon.
The overall voter-turnout reached 48.67 percent.
Second in the elections was the Smer-SD party, whose candidates succeeded in 592 towns and villages (20.38 percent) followed by the Slovak National Party (SNS) with 160 mayors (5.50 percent) and the Christian Democrats (KDH) with 157 mayors (5.40 percent). The top five was completed by the Most-Hid party, gaining 127 mayors (4.37 percent). The ethnic-Hungarian SMK party obtained more than 100 mayoral posts.
As for the most successful coalitions in the local elections, Smer-SD/SNS alliances won 142 mayoral posts (4.88 percent).
When it came to local councillors in individual towns and villages, independent candidates again gained the most seats (7,301 seats; 35.36 percent).
The local elections were held in 2,919 towns and villages across Slovakia. A total of 4,494,400 people were entitled to cast their votes, of which 2,187,735 did so. “Given the fact that these were local elections, we can say that the turnout was good,” said commission chairman Eduard Barany, adding that the elections were held correctly and in a peaceful atmosphere.
The greatest voter turnout in the 2018 municipal election was recorded in the village of Chorvaty (Kosice region), where it reached 89.99 percent, and contrariwise, the lowest turnout was 19.44 percent in the Kosice borough of Lunik IX.
Almost 90 percent turnout was seen also in the village of Gemerske Michalovce (Banska Bystrica region), namely 89.61 percent. Making it to the top three villages in terms of turnout was Vysna Boca (Zilina region) with 89.52 percent.
On the other end of the spectrum was the Kosice borough of Lunik IX with 19.44 percent, the village of Brvniste (Trencin region) with 22.82 percent and Jurske (Presov region) with 22.87 percent.
The overall voter turnout in Slovakia was 48.67 percent, with Presov being the regional capital with the highest turnout of 43.2 percent and Kosice the lowest of 35.71 percent.